Billington Family History

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Billington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of three places called Billington, in Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Bedfordshire. The first of these is first recorded in 1196 as Billingduna ‘sword-shaped hill’ (see Bill); the second is in Domesday Book as Belintone ‘settlement (Old English tun) of Billa’; the one in Bedfordshire is recorded in 1196 as Billendon, from an Old English personal name Billa + dun ‘hill’. The place in Lancashire is the most likely source of the surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Millington, Allington, Pilkington, Wallington, Ellington, Withington

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Billington Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Billington. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Billington Family Origin

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Billington Family Occupations

What did your Billington ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Billington occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Billington's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Billington. A less common occupation for the Billington family was Cotton Weaver.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver


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Billington Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Billington. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Billington census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Billington. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Billington. For the veterans among your Billington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Billington Life Expectancy

What is the average Billington lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Billington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Billington in 1942 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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