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The ancestry of those bearing the name of Bellah is rooted in an ancient Spanish landscape. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Bellah is a nickname surname for a fair or handsome man. The surname was originally derived from the Latin adjective bellus, which means beautiful.

Bellah Early Origins



The surname Bellah was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

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Bellah Spelling Variations


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Bellah Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bello, Bella, Bellón, Bellon, Belloso, Bellico and others.

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Bellah Early History


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Bellah Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellah research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1064, 1540, 1660 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Bellah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bellah Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bellah Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family Juan Bello de Guzmán, who was made a Knight of St. John in 1540, and Venezuelan lawyer, educator; Benito Bello de Torices (c. 1660-1714), a Spanish composer, maestro at the Convent of Las...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellah Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellah Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maria W. Bellah, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Thomas S. Bellah, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • S. A. Bellah, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Jessie Bellah, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1914
  • Norman Bellah, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bellah (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bellah (post 1700)



  • Ross Bellah (1907-2004), American Academy Award and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated art director
  • James Warner Bellah (1899-1976), American Western novelist and screenplay author from the 1930s to the 1950s, known for his work in the Saturday Evening Post
  • Samuel Harrison "Sam" Bellah (1887-1963), American track and field athlete at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Robert Neelly Bellah (1927-2013), American sociologist, Elliott Professor of Sociology, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley

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Bellah Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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    The Bellah Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellah 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 February 2014 at 08:54.

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