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Where did the English Bellars family come from? What is the English Bellars family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bellars family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bellars family history?

The name Bellars is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a bell-founder or a bellringer. The surname Bellars is derived from the Old English word belle, which means bell.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bellars include Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellars research. Another 455 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1500, 1666, 1726 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Bellars History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellars Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellars Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Bellars, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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The Bellars Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellars Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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