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The Anglo-Saxon name Belk comes from the family having resided at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge.
The surname Belk was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Belk has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belk research. Another 421 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1500, 1659, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Belk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Belk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Belks to arrive on North American shores:
Belk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Belk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Belk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Belk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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