Origins Available: English
Belleau is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Belleau family lived in Yorkshire
. The name, however, refers to the region of Belleau or Bella Aqua in France, both of which translate as good water
or clear water. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
The name also stretched north into Scotland where "Gilbert de Beleawe witnessed gift of the 'eschalingas i Lambremore' to the church of Kelso by William de Vyerpunt c. 1160. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early Origins of the Belleau family
The surname Belleau was first found in Yorkshire
, where the name is "probably of Norman origin, meaning bel-eau, in Latin, Bella-aqua, the fair water; the designation of some locality. John be Bellew was a Baron
of Parliament temp.
Edward I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The family claim that the founder of the Bellews was a marshal in the army of the Conqueror. Some of the eighteen knights who were in direct succession settled in Ireland at Bellewstown, in the county of Meath and in Louth in the 13th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another source claims the name "is an old, though now a rare, Devonshire name." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. This source also notes that the family had been lords of the manor of Stockleigh-English for more than 150 years.
Early History of the Belleau family
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Belleau Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bellew, Belew, Below, Bella and others.
Early Notables of the Belleau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belleau family to Ireland
Some of the Belleau family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belleau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Belleau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Guillaume Belleau, who arrived in Acadia in 1636
- Marie Belleau married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1670
- Catherine de Belleau married in Chambalon, Quebec in 1693
Belleau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Guillaume Belleau married in Lorette in 1707
- Angélique Belleau married in Sainte-Foye in 1718
- Joseph Belleau married in Sainte-Foye in 1739
Contemporary Notables of the name Belleau (post 1700)
- Francois X. Belleau, American politician, U.S. Consul in Three Rivers, 1897
- Bernard Belleau OC FRSC (1925-1989), Canadian molecular pharmacologist, best known for his discovery of Lamivudine, a drug used in the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis B infection
- Isidore Noël Belleau (b. 1847), Canadian politician, director, editor and lawyer, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Lévis (1883-1885)
- Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau KCMG QC (1808-1894), Canadian politician, lawyer and businessman, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1867-1873)
The Belleau Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tout d'en haut
Motto Translation: All from above.