Today's generation of the Bellamay family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bellamay family lived in Shropshire
. The name could also be derived as a nickname
meaning my good friend
Early Origins of the Bellamay family
The surname Bellamay 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 Bellamay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellamay research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bellamay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bellamay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bellamay include Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellamay 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 Bellamay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bellamay family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bellamays to arrive on North American shores: Matthew Bellamy, Schoolmaster, who settled in New Haven in 1638; Edward Bellamy settled in Barbados in 1685. In Newfoundland, Henry Bellamy settled in St. John's in 1819.
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