Anglo-Saxon name Belchem comes from when the family resided 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 Belchem family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Belchem family
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Belchem Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Belchem has been recorded under many different variations, including Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Belchem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belchem family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Belchem or a variant listed above:
Belchem Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Suggested Readings for the name Belchem
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