Beeley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Beeley was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Beeley family 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 Beeley family

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

Important Dates for the Beeley family

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

Beeley Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Beeley include Bellie, Belley, Bealie, Beeley, Belley, Bely, Beayly, Beyley, Beilley, Bealy, Bellye, Belly and many more.

Early Notables of the Beeley family (pre 1700)

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Beeley migration to the United States

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Beeley:

Beeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Beeley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beeley (post 1700)

  • Sir Harold Beeley KCMG, CBE (b. 1909), English diplomat, Ambassador to the United Arab Republic, and writer of many noted publications
  • John Beeley (1918-1941), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII [2]


  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)
  2. ^ World War 2 - BEELEY, John. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Beeley. Retrieved from
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