Bellers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Bellers is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a bell-founder or a bellringer. The surname Bellers is derived from the Old English word belle, which means bell.
Early Origins of the Bellers family
The surname Bellers was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. 
One of the first records of the family was Roger de Beler (d. 1326), an English judge, who was son of William Beler, and grandson of Roger Beler, Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1256. "That the family was settled in Leicestershire we know from a license obtained by the judge in 1316 to grant a lay fee in Kirkby-by-Melton, on the Wrethek in that county, to the warden and chaplains of St. Peter, on condition of their performing religious services for the benefit of the souls of himself and his wife Alicia, his father and mother, and ancestry generally." 
Early History of the Bellers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellers research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1500, 1666, 1726, 1687, 1750, 1654, 1725, 1687, 1654 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Bellers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bellers Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bellers has appeared include Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellers family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Fettiplace Bellers (1687-1750?), English dramatist and philosophical writer, son of John Bellers (1654-1725) and Frances Bellers, was born in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, 23 Sept. 1687. His father was a philanthropist, born about 1654 and was a member of the Society of Friends. "When about thirty years old he married Frances...
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Bellers migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Bellers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- R. G. Bellers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871 
- Margaret Bellers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellers (post 1700) +
- William Bellers (1761-1774), English landscape-painter, who worked in London in the second half of the eighteenth century 
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 4th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 14 June. 2019