The name Belesham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the parish of Belchamp in the county of Essex
having derived from the Old English elements bel,
which means fair,
which means field.
Early Origins of the Belesham family
The surname Belesham was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Belesham family
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Belesham Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Belesham has appeared include Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Belesham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belesham family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Belesham arrived in North America very early: John Belchem, who came to Barbados in 1679; John Belcham, who came to Barbados in 1679; Jame Bellsham, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; and P. S. Belcham, who settled in St. John, N.B. in 1907..