Belford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Belford family

The surname Belford 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 Belford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belford research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1147 and 1376 are included under the topic Early Belford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belford Spelling Variations

Although the name, Belford, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Belford, Belfurd, Belforde, Bellford and others.

Early Notables of the Belford family (pre 1700)

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United States Belford migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Belford family name Belford, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Belford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Belford, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Alice Belford, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [1]
  • John Belford who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680
Belford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Belford, who settled in West New Jersey in 1771
Belford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George and James Belford, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • H. J. Belford settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Belford (post 1700) +

  • Christine Belford (b. 1949), American actress
  • Charles Belford (1837-1880), Irish journalist and publisher
  • Mr. Raye Belford Wilkinson M.B.E. (b. 1942), British racing welfare officer, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Young People and Elderly Staff in the Horse Racing Community [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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