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

The surname Bellis is a name that was originally given to a near the outer wall of a feudal castle which is derived from the Old French word baille, which referred to such a structure.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bayle, Bayles, Baile, Bailes, Bellis and others.

First found in Colchester, where they had been granted lands about the year 1500. The name was originally spelt Bellis.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellis research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellis History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bellis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellis Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Bellis, who came to St. Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Bellis settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Bellis, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Bellis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bellis, who settled in America in 1730
  • John Bellis, who came to America in 1774

Bellis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Manuel Bellis, who came to Philadelphia in 1820
  • Samuel Bellis, who arrived in Indiana in 1851
  • J. B. Bellis, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • J. B. Bellis settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Bellis Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Lazaros Bellis, who arrived in Boston in 1906


  • Joy Bellis, American Jazz Singer
  • Richard Bellis (b. 1946), American Primetime Emmy Award winning composer from Pasadena, California
  • Benjamin Neil Bellis (b. 1924), retired American Air Force Lieutenant General, Vice Commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
  • Guy Bellis (1886-1980), English actor
  • Alfred "Alf" Bellis (b. 1920), former English footballer
  • George Alfred Bellis (1904-1969), Indian-born, English professional footballer
  • Bertram Thomas Bellis, Headmaster, The Leys School, Cambridge
  • Jonathan Bellis (b. 1988), Manx racing cyclist from Douglas
  • Scott Bellis, Canadian actor from Vancouver


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  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 21 November 2013 at 20:19.

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