Early Origins of the Belforte family
The surname Belforte 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 Belforte family
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Belforte Spelling Variations
The name, Belforte, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Belford, Belfurd, Belforde, Bellford and others.
Early Notables of the Belforte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belforte family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. 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." Among the early settlers bearing the Belforte surname who came to North America 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.