Bellenger is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bellenger family lived in Nottingham
in the midlands of England
. However, the family was originally descended from the Bellengers, the Knights of Facomberg in Picardy, France and the name has been corrupted from the name of the French Boulanger family, who were chevaliers (knights) of Hainaut and Flanders.
Early Origins of the Bellenger family
The surname Bellenger was first found in Nottingham
in the midlands of England
where they held a family seat
from very early times, and granted large estates in that shire, by William the Conqueror, their liege lord.
Early History of the Bellenger family
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Bellenger Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bellenger were recorded, including Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.
Early Notables of the Bellenger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellenger family to Ireland
Some of the Bellenger family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Bellenger family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bellenger arrived in North America very early:
Bellenger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Bellenger, who settled in New England in 1751
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellenger (post 1700)
- Margaret Mae Bellenger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984, 1996
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