Belec History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In medieval France, the name Belec was first used by a family in the region of Gascogne. It was a name for someone who lived in Gascogne.

Early Origins of the Belec family

The surname Belec was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution.

Early History of the Belec family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belec research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1432, 1665, 1788, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Belec History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belec Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Belec, including Belec, Bellec, Bellac, Belic, Belif, Le Bellec, Bellecq, Bellocq, Du Belley and many more.

Early Notables of the Belec family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was many important individuals. At this time the Bellocq's house and lands were located near the Church of Saint-Julien and belonged to, rather than the name Bellocq, a family previously named Guicharnaud. From Pierre de Guicharnaud and from his son Jean de Bellocq came a direct line leading to Isabeau de Bellocq. Her nephew, Claude Hourcade, became juror of Lescar in 1788, and his...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belec Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Belec migration to Canada +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Belec has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Belec were

Belec Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Elisabeth Bélec, who was married in 1799 in St-Roch-L'Aichigan, Quebec

Contemporary Notables of the name Belec (post 1700) +

  • Vid Belec (b. 1990), Slovenian football goalkeeper
  • Charles Bélec (b. 1872), Canadian farmer and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Pontiac (1930-1935)


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