The history of the Bellasme family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Shropshire
. The name could also be derived as a nickname
meaning my good friend
Early Origins of the Bellasme family
The surname Bellasme 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 Bellasme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellasme research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bellasme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bellasme Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellasme 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 Bellasme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bellasme family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bellasme name or one of its variants: 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.