Origins Available: English
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"From Le Bel, a surname which frequently occurs in Normandy." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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; Hugo Bel who was in Winton, Hampshire
in 1148; Serlo Belle listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1190; as well as Roger del Bel, who was in the Pipe Rolls
of 1209. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Robert le Bell was Mayor of Bristol in 1239. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had many entries for the name typically with the Old French spelling: Nicholas filius Bele in Bedfordshire; Ralph le Bele in Cambridgeshire; and Hugh le Bel, in Oxfordshire; Thomas le Bel in Suffolk. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Belay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belay research.Another 191 words (14 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.
Belay Spelling Variations
The name, Belay, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Bell, Belle and others.
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.
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 241 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 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
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