Belleme is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Belleme family lived in Shropshire
. The name could also be derived as a nickname
meaning my good friend
Early Origins of the Belleme family
The surname Belleme 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 Belleme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belleme research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Belleme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Belleme Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Belleme has been recorded under many different variations, including Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.
Early Notables of the Belleme 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 Belleme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belleme family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bellemes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.
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