Belchamber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Belchamber was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Belchamber family lived in Essex, where they held a family seat from the mid-13th century on. The name is taken from that of the village of Belencombre in the Dieppe region of Normandy where the family lived prior to Norman Conquest of England. It took its present form after being transferred to England at the time of the Conquest.

Early Origins of the Belchamber family

The surname Belchamber was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat after 1066. The name is associated with the village of Belencombre in the Dieppe region of Normandy and took its present form after being transferred to England with the conquest.

Early History of the Belchamber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belchamber research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1273, 1500, 1654, 1677, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Belchamber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belchamber Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bellchamber, Belchamber, Bellchambers, Belchambers, Belencombre, Belencumbre, Bellchambe and many more.

Early Notables of the Belchamber family (pre 1700)

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Australia Belchamber migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Belchamber Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Belchamber, Canadian covict who was convicted in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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