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The Belay surname arose independently from several different sources. In some instances, it comes from the Old English word "belle" meaning "bell," and was most likely an occupational name for a bell ringer. It may have also been a name for someone who lived near a bell. Belay is also known to have arisen from the English and Scots given name Bel, which derived from the Old French "beu" or "bel," meaning "handsome."

Early Origins of the Belay family


The surname Belay was first found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Early references to the name in England include Ailuuardus filius Bell listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Suffolk; Ricardus filius Bell in 1279 in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire; Hugo Bel who was in Winton, Hampshire in 1148; Serlo Belle listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1190; as well as Roger del Bel, who was in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk of 1209.

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Early History of the Belay family

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Early History of the Belay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belay research.
Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1587, 1603, 1896, 1590, 1618, 1577, 1668, 1640, 1648, 1562, 1607, 1647, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Belay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belay Spelling Variations

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Belay Spelling Variations


The name, Belay, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Bell, Belle and others.

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Early Notables of the Belay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Belay family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name during their early history was The Blessed Arthur Bell (1590-1618), also known as Francis Bell, who was a Franciscan and English martyr; Sir Robert Bell (d. 1577) of Beaupre Hall, Norfolk, Speaker of the House of Commons; William Bell (died ca. 1668)...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Belay family to Ireland

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Migration of the Belay family to Ireland


Some of the Belay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Belay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Belay family to the New World and Oceana


The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Belay surname who came to North America were:

Belay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jer Belay, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Belay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Julien Belay, who landed in Montreal in 1659

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Contemporary Notables of the name Belay (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Belay (post 1700)


  • Martin Belay (b. 1991), Czech professional ice hockey player
  • Yehunie Belay (b. 1961), Ethiopian singer, musical writer and entrepreneur

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Citations

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  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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