Early Origins of the Bellas family
The surname Bellas was first found in Durham
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor at Morton. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Morton who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. The name is from a Norman settler named for his domain near Coulommiers in Seine et Marne in Normandy
. This William de Columbiers was a Norman noble who is claimed by Wace to have been at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Bellas family
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Bellas Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bellasis, Bellasses, Belasis, Bellasis, Belsize, Belsyze, Bellsyze, Belsches, Belshes, Bellsize, Belsyze, Belasyse, Bellasyse, Bellise, Bellize, Bellasies, Bellases and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellas family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bellas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Adam Bellas, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1895
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellas (post 1700)
- George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855), English geologist