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The 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.

Belchem Early Origins



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

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Belchem Spelling Variations


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Belchem Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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.

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Belchem Early History


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Belchem Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belchem research. Another 593 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1661, 1750, 1750, 1829, 1752 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Belchem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belchem Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belchem Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belchem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • John Belchem, who came to Barbados in 1679

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Suggested Readings for the name Belchem


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Suggested Readings for the name Belchem



  • Belcher-Henshaw and Other Ancestry of Richard Townsend Henshaw, 1882-1938, of Rye, New York by Richard Townsend Henshaw.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Belchem Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belchem Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 March 2014 at 15:37.

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