Early Origins of the Belfer family
The surname Belfer was first found in Northumberland
where they were Lords of the manor of Belford, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Belfer family
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Belfer Spelling Variations
The name Belfer, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Belford, Belfurd, Belforde, Bellford and others.
Early Notables of the Belfer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belfer family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland
, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Belfer family, or who bore a variation of the surname Belfer were John Belford who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680; James Belford settled in West New Jersey in 1771; George and James Belford settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840.