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Hill-billy or Billy Boy originated in Ireland. It was used to describe the Northern Ireland Protestant supporters of King William III (AKA King Billy).

There are two theories of how the word made it to this country. The most accepted theory is that the Britishs soldiers refererred to the Irish Protestant Colonists in Appalachia as hill-billys.

A much lesser accepted theory is that there was also a large German population in Appalachia, Wilhelm being a popular name and went by Will or Bill. Hence people reffered to them as Bill of the Hill or Hillbilly.

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