Origins Available: English
The Beelay surname is thought to have been created from one of the places so named (in Northumberland
, and in West Yorkshire). The place name derives from the Old English "beo," meaning "bee" and "hyll," meaning "hill." There is also a Norman name Beelay derived from the Old French "bel."
Early Origins of the Beelay family
The surname Beelay was first found in Northumberland
. Today Beeley is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire
Dales district of northern Derbyshire
, near Bakewell. In the Domesday Book
, the place name was listed as Begelie CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Beelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beelay research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1651, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Beelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beelay Spelling Variations
Although the name, Beelay, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.
Early Notables of the Beelay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Beale (died 1651), an English Royalist churchman, Master in turn of Jesus College, Cambridge and St John's College, Cambridge; John Beale (c.1608-1683), an English clergyman, scientific writer, and early Fellow of the Royal Society; Sir John Beale... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beelay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beelay family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Beelay family name Beelay, or who bore a variation of the surname were William Beal, who came to Massachusetts in 1621; John Beal from Old Hingham in England
who settled and named Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636; he had five sons and three daughters.