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

The present generation of the Belknap family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Belknapp, in the county of Warwickshire.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Belknap include Belknap, Bellknap, Belknape, Belknappe, Bellknappe and many more.

First found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belknap research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1375, 1404, 1471 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Belknap History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belknap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Belknap were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Belknap Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Belknap who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1620
  • Abraham Belknap, the scion of the family from Warwickshire, also settled in Lynn in 1637
  • Abraham Belknap, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

Belknap Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Belknap, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • D P Belknap, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • D H Belknap, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Jeremy Belknap, American clergyman and historian
  • William Worth Belknap (1829-1890), American Army general, and 30th U.S. Secretary of War (1869-1876)
  • Charles E. Belknap (1846-1929), United States Army Civil War officer and politician from Michigan
  • George Belknap (1832-1903), United States Navy Rear Admiral
  • Anna Belknap (b. 1972), American actress, best known for her role as Detective Lindsay Monroe on CSI: NY
  • Daniel Belknap (1771-1815), American farmer, mechanic, militia captain, poet and one of the first American composers
  • Hugh Reid Belknap (1860-1901), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Reginald R. Belknap (1871-1959), United States Navy rear admiral and son of George Belknap
  • William G. Belknap (1794-1851), United States Brigadier General


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The Belknap Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belknap 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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