Bellamy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bellamy came to England with the ancestors of the Bellamy family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bellamy family lived in Shropshire. The name could also be derived as a nickname meaning my good friend Literally, the name is derived from the Norman-French word belamy, "fair friend," which was used much in the depreciatory way in which we now employ "good fellow." [1]

Alternatively the name could have originated in Bellesme, a town of France. [2]

Early Origins of the Bellamy family

The surname Bellamy was first found in Shropshire, where Robert de Belesme was given Shropshire Castle to hold for King William. Fifty years later he rebelled against Duke William's successor, and successfully defended Shropshire Castle against King Stephen.

Also known as Robert of Belleme, the Earl of Shrewsbury, sometimes called Talvas, was the eldest son of Roger, Lord of Montgomery in Normandy, of Arundel and Chichester. "He was knighted by the Conqueror before the walls of Fresnay in 1073. In the revolt of Robert, the king's eldest son, in 1077, he and many other young Norman nobles upheld his cause against the king. As long as the Conqueror lived he and other Norman lords were compelled to receive garrisons from into their castles. This disabled them from disturbing the peace of the duchy. Robert in 1087 was on his way to visit the king, and had gone as far as Brionne when he heard of the Conqueror's death. He at once turned back, and turned the ducal garrisons out of his castles. " [3]

"Bellamy is a name that has long been established in Nottinghamshire. It occurred in the adjacent county of Cambridge in the reign of Edward I. , and is at present to be found in Huntingdonshire. " [4]

A well known name is early years, Chaucer noted in his famous Canterbury Tales 'Belamy, fayre frynde' (Belamy, fair friend.)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two early listings of the family with different spellings: Hugh Belami, Cambridgeshire; and Roger Belamy, Oxfordshire. [5]

Kirby's Quest listed "John Belamy, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (during the first year's reign of King Edward III. [6]

Early History of the Bellamy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellamy research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1603, 1634, 1698, 1689, 1717, 1717, 1720, 1687, 1687 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Bellamy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bellamy Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bellamy are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bellamy include Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.

Early Notables of the Bellamy 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 all this before his death at age 28. According to Forbes, he was the highest earning pirate who had a wealth of over 120 million in today's dollars. Another pirate, Charles Bellamy ( fl. c. 1717-1720) was an 18th century English pirate...
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United States Bellamy migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bellamy, or a variant listed above:

Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Bellamy, Schoolmaster, who settled in New Haven in 1638
  • Henry Bellamy, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 [7]
  • Edward Bellamy, who settled in Barbados in 1685
Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Bellamy, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [7]
Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph M Bellamy, who landed in New York, NY in 1824 [7]
  • S C Bellamy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]

Canada Bellamy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellamy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Bellamy, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1812
  • Henry Bellamy, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1819 [8]
  • Henry Bellamy, who settled in Maggotty Cove, Newfoundland in 1822 [8]
  • Chancy H Bellamy, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Hiram Bellamy, who arrived in Canada in 1828

Australia Bellamy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bellamy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Bellamy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [9]
  • George Bellamy, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [10]

New Zealand Bellamy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bellamy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bellamy, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bosworth" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 24th November 1857 [11]
  • Mr. William Henry Bellamy, (b. 1860), aged 9 months, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mr. James Bellamy, (b. 1831), aged 29, British farm labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mrs. Sarah Bellamy, (b. 1831), aged 29, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mr. George Bellamy, (b. 1853), aged 7, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bellamy (post 1700) +

  • Carol Bellamy (b. 1942), American Chair of the Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, former Director of the Peace Corps, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • William "Bill" Bellamy (b. 1965), American actor and stand-up comedian
  • Walter Jones "Walt" Bellamy (1939-2013), American professional NBA basketball player, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991), American actor
  • Edward Bellamy (1850-1898), American writer and utopian socialist
  • George Harriss Bellamy (1856-1924), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Brunswick County, 1893, 1913-14; Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1903-04, 1907-08, 1911-12
  • Emmett Hargrove Bellamy (1891-1952), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from New Hanover County, 1921-22; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1940 (alternate), 1944
  • Charles H. Bellamy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Roubaix, 1914
  • Carol Bellamy (b. 1942), American Democrat politician, Served in the Peace Corps; Lawyer; Member of New York State Senate, 1973-77 (23rd District 1973-74, 25th District 1975-77); Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 ;
  • Arthur R. Bellamy, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1902
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Curtis Bellamy, American Officer's Cook Third Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  10. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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