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Where did the Italian Belle family come from? What is the Italian Belle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Belle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Belle family history?

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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Belle include Belli, Bello, Bella, De Bello, De Belli, Debelli, De Bei, De Bellis, Di Bello, Lo Bello, Lobello, Lubello, Lubelli, La Bella, Labella, Bellavista, Bellido, Bellardi, Bellezza, Bellone, Bellarmini, Bellacati, Bellacera, Bellelli, Belleli, Belle, Belletti, Bellettini, Bellini, Bellino, Bellin, Belluzzi, Bellocci, Bellozzi, Bellotti, Belotti, Bellotto, Bellotta, Belloni, Bellacci, Bellaccini, Ballacchini, Bellazzi, Bellami, Bellemo, Bellen, Bellandi, Bellani, Bellano, Bellan, Bellardo, Bellasi, Bellati, Bellato, Belliato, Bellero, Belleri, Belleschi, Bellesi, Belligi, Bellisi, Bellugi, Belluschi, Belushi, Bellussi, Bellutti, Bellutta, Bellassai, Bellantonio, Bellantoni, Bellantone, Bellantuone, Bellocchio, Bellocchi, Bellebuono, Bellobuono, Bellabuono, Bellomo, Belluomo, Begliuomini and many more.

First found in the city of Verona, where earliest records are found in 1279 with Vivaldo and Filippo Bellanda, city councilors, and with the Bellani family who were well in known for their peace-making efforts.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belle research. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 631 words(45 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Belle or a variant listed above:

Belle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Belle, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Belle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Pierre Belle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Belle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Belle, aged 21, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848

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  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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The Belle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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