Early Origins of the Bellau family
The surname Bellau was first found in Pomerania, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention the family in the year 1200. The ancestral castle was called Peest and was located in the district of Lauenburg-Butow. This castle was owned by Gerd von Below in 1335, and he is taken to be the founding father of many of the most prominent branches of the family. In the 14th century, they expanded into Mecklenburg and the Mark region. In Mecklenburg, the ancestral seat of the family was Below in the district of Wredenhagen in Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Early History of the Bellau family
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Bellau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Below, Bellow, Belloe, Beloe, Bellau, Bellaut and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellau family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the name Bellau at this time were Bertram von Below, the Lord of Gatz, who became Privy Councillor to Duke Bogislaus in 1674. In 1691, Friedrich III of Brandenburg... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bellau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Max Below, who settled in Texas in 1859 at the age of 19; W. C. Below arrived in San Francisco in 1850; while William Below came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1866..
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellau (post 1700)
- Kenny Bellau (b. 1968), American bicycle racer