Belcham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Belcham surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Belchamp in the county of Essex having derived from the Old English elements bel, which means fair, and champ, which means field.

Early Origins of the Belcham family

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

Early History of the Belcham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belcham research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1661, 1750, 1508, 1537, 1537 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Belcham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belcham Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Belcham include Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.

Early Notables of the Belcham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Belchiam (1508-1537), a Franciscan friar of the convent at Greenwich, who was imprisoned, with others of his brethren, for refusing to take the oath of the royal supremacy, and declaring the king (Henry VIII) to be a heretic. "He died in Newgate of starvation on 3 Aug. 1537. A copy of his...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belcham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Belcham migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Belcham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Belcham, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Canada Belcham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belcham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • P. S. Belcham, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. Belcham, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Belcham (post 1700) +

  • Derrick Belcham, Canadian cinematographer, known for his work on The Gates (2014), Otis Walks into the Woods (2016)


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