attribution to isolated denizens of Appalachian Mountains,(Eastern USA) descendants of some of the earliest Scotch-English
settlers, who seem to have had some proclivity for naming their children
" (familiarly "Bill")and some not inconsiderable inclination to incestuous sexual congress
. More recently, the term is used to describe any rural resident,especially in the Southern
USA and particularly those living in rather rough-hewn conditions, embracing noticably parochial ideologies and a generally hostile attitude.
When the hillbillies moved into the trailer park
, they maintained their habits of firing off their revolvers at odd hours and cohabiting with their livestock.