Re: Meaning of Billings
It is my understanding that the name Billings was originally Billing and that the "s" was added sometime in the early 1700's.
If this is the case than the name Billing is Saxton meaning "a place in the meadow". It was originally written "deBilling" and in the Domesday Book it is "Bellinge"
The family of Billing derives its name from its ancient inheritance, Billing, a place of very remote antiquity situated about four miles from the town of Northampton, in the county of Northampton, England.
The earliest records of the family of Billing is found in the ancient records at the time of Henry III, when in the sixth year of his reign (1221), a fine was levied between Sarah, the daughter of Warine Falconer, and Henry & Wiman deBilling, of land in Rushdin, Northampton for the use by Henry deBilling.
After that there are no records found on the Billing name until 1369 and those records are at best limited.