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

The name Bellamy came to England with the ancestors of the Bellamy family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bellamy family lived in Shropshire. The name could also be derived as a nickname meaning my good friend


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bellamy are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bellamy include Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.

First found in Shropshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellamy research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bellamy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellamy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bellamy, or a variant listed above:

Bellamy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Bellamy, Schoolmaster, who settled in New Haven in 1638
  • Henry Bellamy, who arrived in Maryland in 1640
  • Edward Bellamy settled in Barbados in 1685

Bellamy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Bellamy, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Bellamy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph M Bellamy, who landed in New York, NY in 1824
  • S C Bellamy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Edward Bellamy (1850-1898), American writer and utopian socialist
  • Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991), American actor
  • John Dillard Bellamy (1854-1942), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
  • Carol Bellamy (b. 1942), American executive director of UNICEF (1995-)
  • Walter Jones "Walt" Bellamy (1939-2013), American professional NBA basketball player, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
  • David J Bellamy OBE (b. 1933), English botanist, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner
  • George Ann Bellamy (1727-1788), English actress
  • Arthur Bellamy (1942-2014), English footballer who played from 1958 to 1976
  • Lionel Bellamy, explosives expert
  • Hans Schindler Bellamy (1901-1982), researcher and author under the pseudonym H. S. Bellamy


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