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Bellas Early Origins



The surname Bellas was first found in Durham, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor at Morton. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Morton who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The name is from a Norman settler named for his domain near Coulommiers in Seine et Marne in Normandy. This William de Columbiers was a Norman noble who is claimed by Wace to have been at the Battle of Hastings.

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Bellas Spelling Variations


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Bellas Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bellasis, Bellasses, Belasis, Bellasis, Belsize, Belsyze, Bellsyze, Belsches, Belshes, Bellsize, Belsyze, Belasyse, Bellasyse, Bellise, Bellize, Bellasies, Bellases and many more.

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Bellas Early History


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Bellas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellas research. Another 589 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1510, 1600, 1153, 1168, 1397, 1171, 1721, 1661 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Bellas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bellas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bellas Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bellas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Bellas, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1895

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Bellas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellas 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.

This page was last modified on 17 July 2014 at 14:27.

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