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Where did the English Belch family come from? What is the English Belch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Belch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Belch family history?The name Belch has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Belch have been found, including Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belch research. Another 421 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1500, 1659, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Belch History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Belch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Belch, or a variant listed above:
Belch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Belch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Belch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belch 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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