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

The ancient name of Belt finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a beltmaker.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Belt family name include Belt, Beltie, Belts and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belt research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Belt surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Belt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Humfrey Belt settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Isaac Belt settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Belt in Virginia in 1635
  • Humfrey Belt, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Belt, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635


Belt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • U H Belt, who landed in San Francisco California in 1850

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  • Brandon Kyle Belt (b. 1988), American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder
  • Clarence W. Belt (1890-1969), American racecar driver
  • Elmer Belt (1893-1980), American urologist, surgeon and pioneer in sex reassignment surgery
  • Harry Hackleman Belt (1883-1950), American educator, lawyer, and judge
  • George Gordon Belt (1828-1869), American soldier, businessman, judge, Confederate sympathizer
  • Thomas Belt (1832-1878), English geologist and naturalist


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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Belt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belt 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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