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,
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
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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)
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Migration of the Belcham family to the New World and Oceana
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
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)