Early Origins of the Belbey family
The surname Belbey was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Belbey family
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Belbey Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Belbey has appeared include Beilby, Beelby, Beilbie, Bealbie, Beelbie, Beelbe, Belby and many more.
Early Notables of the Belbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belbey family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Belbey arrived in North America very early: Adele Catherine Belby, aged 5, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Nassau, Bahamas, in 1919; and Joe Belby, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1918..