Belgrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Belgrave comes from when the family resided in the town of Belgrave in Leicestershire. The town was originally known as Merdegrave, meaning marten grove, but the name was changed after the Norman Conquest of England due to confusion of the first syllable with the Old French word merde, meaning filth. Appropriately, the name was changed to Belgrave, meaning beautiful grove.

Early Origins of the Belgrave family

The surname Belgrave was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Belgrave family

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Belgrave Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Belgrave has been recorded under many different variations, including Belgrave, Bellgrave and others.

Early Notables of the Belgrave family (pre 1700)

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United States Belgrave migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Belgrave or a variant listed above:

Belgrave Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Belgrave who settled in Maryland in 1700
  • Benjamin Belgrave who settled in Maryland in 1740
Belgrave Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leornard Belgrave, aged 25, who landed in America from Barbados, in 1904
  • Sybil Belgrave, aged 23, who settled in America from Winnborne, in 1906
  • Viola Belgrave, aged 24, who landed in America from Wimbonna, England, in 1908
  • Kathleen Belgrave, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Wimbrone, England, in 1909
  • Kathleen Belgrave, aged 24, who landed in America from Dorset, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Belgrave migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belgrave Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Haidee Belgrave, aged 20, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1910

New Zealand Belgrave migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Belgrave Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emily Belgrave, (b. 1859), aged 6 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [1]
  • Mrs. Maria Belgrave, (b. 1828), aged 31, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [1]
  • Mr. Vincent Edgar Belgrave, (b. 1854), aged 5, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Belgrave (post 1700) +

  • Marcus Belgrave (b. 1936), American jazz trumpet player
  • Captain James Dacres Belgrave (1896-1918), British World War I flying ace credited with 18 aerial victories
  • Maurice "John" Belgrave DCNZM (1940-2007), Senior public servant and Chief Ombudsman of New Zealand
  • Charles Dalrymple Belgrave (1894-1969), British adviser to the ruler of Bahrain


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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