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The ancestors of the Belcher family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Belcher is based on the Old Norse word which means good friends. The name appears in the oldest of all English plays The Mystery Plays. "Lo, here is the Belshere broght ye had bring". A parochial name from Bellecourt, near Perrone in Normandy, it is believed to have arrived in England with the Norman Conquest and the name appears on the Roll of the Battel Abbey as Bellesur.

Belcher Early Origins



The surname Belcher was first found in Gloucestershire where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Anciently the family held the lands of Bellecourt in Normandy, to which they gave name.

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Belcher Spelling Variations


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Belcher Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Belcher were recorded, including Belcher, Belsher, Belleser, Bellcher, Bellsher, Beleser, Bellesur, Bellecourt, Belcourt and many more.

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Belcher Early History


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Belcher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belcher research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1500, 1681, 1757, 1730, 1741, 1730, 1741, 1747 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Belcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belcher In Ireland


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Belcher In Ireland



Some of the Belcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Belcher arrived in North America very early:

Belcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walt Belcher, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Edward Belcher who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 and was made a freeman
  • Jeremy Belcher settled in Ipswich Massachusetts in 1631 after having made the voyage on the "Susan and Ellen"
  • Edward Belcher, who landed in America in 1635
  • Tho Belcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Belcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Belcher, who landed in Maryland in 1725
  • Susanna Belcher, who landed in Maryland in 1725
  • Elijah Belcher, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1792

Belcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Belcher, who landed in America in 1821
  • Martha Belcher, who arrived in America in 1821
  • L Belcher, who landed in America in 1822
  • J J Belcher, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E A Belcher, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Belcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Belcher, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Benjamin Belcher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Henry Belcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Mercy Belcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • James Belcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Belcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Belcher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Richard Belcher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Charles Belcher, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Margaret Belcher, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Caroline Belcher, aged 3 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Belcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Belcher (post 1700)



  • Patricia Belcher (b. 1954), American film and television actress, best known for her role as attorney and prosecutor Caroline Julian on Bones
  • Page Henry Belcher (1899-1980), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma (1953-1973), eponym of the The Page Belcher Federal Courthouse
  • Jovan Henry Allen Belcher (1987-2012), American NFL football linebacker
  • Supply Belcher (1751-1836), American composer and singer
  • Taylor Belcher (1920-1990), American diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (1964-69) and Peru (1969-74)
  • Finley "Red" Belcher (1926-1952), American bluegrass performer from Kentucky
  • Jem Belcher (1781-1811), English bare-knuckle boxer and Champion of All England 1800-1805
  • John Belcher (1841-1913), English architect, recipient of the Royal Gold Medal (1907)
  • Admiral Sir Edward Belcher KCB (1799-1877), Canadian-born, British naval commander and explorer, great-grandson of Governor Jonathan Belcher
  • Allan Belcher (1884-1921), Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Belcher Historic Events


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Belcher Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edgar Raymond Belcher (1915-1941), Australian Wireman from Croxton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Belcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belcher 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 28 May 2016 at 15:18.

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