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

The name Bellars is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a bell-founder or a bellringer. The surname Bellars is derived from the Old English word belle, which means bell.

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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 Bellars include Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellars research. Another 455 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1500, 1666, 1726 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Bellars History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellars 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 Bellars were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.

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