In ancient Scotland
, Bellairs was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the village of Blair,
in the county of Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Bellairs family
The surname Bellairs was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, One of the earliest recorded instances of this Clan
name are of Stephen de Blare, who was a recorded witness of a document about the monastery of Arbroath between 1204 and 1211, and of Brice de Blair and Alexander del Blair, who witnessed an agreement between the burgh of Irvine and Brice de Eglustone in 1205.
The aforementioned William Blare is probably the same man as Sir William de Blar, who was Seneschal of Fife in 1235. His son, Sir Bryce Blair,was known as "the gallant knight." He fought with Sir William Wallace and was eventually taken prisoner, and executed at Ayr.
"The Blairs "of that ilk" in Ayrshire, have been seated in that county for more than 600 years. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
In another connection to Wallace, John Blair was chaplain to William Wallace, and wrote an account of the travels and adventures, which is said to be the source for the famed verse written in the late 1400s, Schir William Wallace by Blind Harry.
Further to the south, "the Blairs, of Northumberland, are probably derived from the Blairs of Ayrshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Bellairs family
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Bellairs Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Bellairs has been spelled Blair, Blayr, Blare, Blaire and others.
Early Notables of the Bellairs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellairs family to Ireland
Some of the Bellairs family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bellairs family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:
Bellairs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Erik Bellairs, aged 26, who arrived in America from Windsor, England, in 1904
- William Bellairs, aged 34, who arrived in America from Sheffield, England, in 1907
- Carlyon Wilfray Bellairs, aged 39, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1910
- Charlotte Doreen Bellairs, aged 39, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1911
- Sidney Bellairs, aged 23, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1911
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Bellairs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Eugene Bellairs, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellairs (post 1700)
- Mal Bellairs (1919-2010), American Chicago-area radio and television personality, inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame
- John Anthony Bellairs (1938-1991), American author, best known for his fantasy novel The Face in the Frost (1969)
- Robert H. Bellairs, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1950
- Hugh W. Bellairs, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1952
- Commander Carlyon Wilfroy Bellairs (1871-1955), British naval officer and politician, Member of Parliament for King's Lynn (1906-1910) and for Maidstone (1915-1931)
- George Bellairs (1902-1985), pseudonym of Harold Blundell, an English crime writer and bank manager who wrote more than 50 books, most featuring the detective Inspector Littlejohn
- Edmund Hooke Wilson Bellairs (1823-1898), English-born, New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council (1853-1856)
The Bellairs Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Amo probos
Motto Translation: I love the virtuous