The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Ballamay family name to the British Isles. They lived in Shropshire
. The name could also be derived as a nickname
meaning my good friend
Early Origins of the Ballamay family
The surname Ballamay was first found in Shropshire
, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ballamay family
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Ballamay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballamay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy (c.1689-1717), sometimes known as the "Prince of Pirates," an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. He and his crew captured at least 53 ships under his command making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history and... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballamay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballamay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ballamay or a variant listed above: Matthew Bellamy, Schoolmaster, who settled in New Haven in 1638; Edward Bellamy settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Henry Bellamy settled in St. John's in 1819.
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