Beally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Beally family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in Bellie, in Morayshire. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area. Some think that the name is derived from the occupational name of bailie, but our records cannot confirm that claim. Indeed much of the early records list many of the family in other occupations.

Early Origins of the Beally family

The surname Beally was first found in Moray, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Beally family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beally research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1643, 1648, 1650 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Beally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beally Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Beally has been spelled Bellie, Belley, Bealie, Beeley, Belley, Bely, Beayly, Beyley, Beilley, Bealy, Bellye, Belly and many more.

Early Notables of the Beally family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beally migration to the United States

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Beally:

Beally Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward and Elizabeth Beally, who settled in Charlestown, South Carolina in 1767
Beally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex Beally, who settled in New York State with his family in 1811
  • Alex Beally, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beally (post 1700)

  • Peter Beally, architect

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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