Belleville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Belleville has a long French heritage that first began in northwestern region of Brittany. The name is derived from when the family lived in the seigneury of Belleville, which translates from the French as beautiful town.

Early Origins of the Belleville family

The surname Belleville was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat from ancient times in the Seigneurie of Kergu in Brittany.

Important Dates for the Belleville family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belleville research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1744 is included under the topic Early Belleville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belleville Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Belleville, including Beleville, Belleville, Bellevill, Belevill, Belavill, Bellavill, Bellaville, Bellivill, Belivill, Belliville, Bailleuville, Baileuville, Baileuvile, Bailleuvill, Ballevall, Ballevalle, de Belleville, De Belleville, Bellefeul, Bellefeull and many more.

Early Notables of the Belleville family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Belleville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belleville migration to the United States

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Belleville has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Belleville were

Belleville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Belleville who settled in Louisiana in 1756
Belleville Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francois Belleville, aged 40, originally from Lyons, France, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France [1]
  • Lina Belleville, aged 43, originally from St.Denis, France, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from BOULOGNE-SUR-MER [2]
  • Susanne Belleville, aged 23, originally from Paris, France, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Niagara" from Le Havre, France [3]

Belleville migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belleville Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Francois Belleville, who arrived in Montreal in 1653

Contemporary Notables of the name Belleville (post 1700)

  • Frederic De Belleville (1855-1923), Belgian-born, American stage actor

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67K-Z5M : 6 December 2014), Francois Belleville, 20 May 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Rochambeau, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XZ-TMW : 6 December 2014), Lina Belleville, 20 Aug 1920; citing departure port BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LN-LPL : 6 December 2014), Susanne Belleville, 07 Mar 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Niagara, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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