culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Belchamp in the county of
from ancient times.
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.
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.
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.
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