Origins Available: Italian
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.
Early Origins of the Bellah family
The surname Bellah was first found in Galicia
, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.
Early History of the Bellah family
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.
Bellah Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bello, Bella, Bellón, Bellon, Belloso and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellah family (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.
Migration of the Bellah family to the New World and Oceana
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
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