Origins Available: English
Bellam is a name that was brought to 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
The surname Bellam was first found in 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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellam research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bellam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bellam 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)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy (c.1689-1717), sometimes known as the "Prince of Pirates," an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. He and his crew captured at least 53 ships under his command making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history and... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bellam family to Ireland
Some of the Bellam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
, 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
- Thomas Lloyd Bellam, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)