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The name Belch has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge.

Belch Early Origins



The surname Belch was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Belch Spelling Variations


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Belch Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Belch have been found, including Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.

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Belch Early History


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Belch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belch research. Another 421 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1500, 1659, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Belch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Belch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Belch, or a variant listed above:

Belch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Belch, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Wilhelm Belch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Belch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Belch, who landed in New York in 1830

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Contemporary Notables of the name Belch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Belch (post 1700)



  • Joseph S. Belch, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1958, 1960
  • J. Edward Belch, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 27th District, 1873-76

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Belch Historic Events


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Belch Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Sergt. J. F. Belch, Canadian resident from Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Belch Family Crest Products


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Belch Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Belch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 09:24.

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