Origins Available: English, Welsh
England by the ancestors of the Bellam family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Bellam family lived in Shropshire. The name could also be derived as a nickname meaning my good friend
Early Origins of the Bellam family
Shropshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bellam family
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Bellam Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bellam have been found, including Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellam family to Ireland
Some of the Bellam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bellam family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bellam were among those contributors:
Bellam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bellam Family Crest Products