Anglo-Saxon name Belleshan come from when the family resided in the parish of Belchamp in the county of Essex having derived from the Old English elements bel, which means fair, and champ, which means field.
Early Origins of the Belleshan family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Belleshan family
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Belleshan Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Belleshan has been recorded under many different variations, including Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Belleshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belleshan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Belleshan or a variant listed above: John Belchem, who came to Barbados in 1679; John Belcham, who came to Barbados in 1679; Jame Bellsham, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; and P. S. Belcham, who settled in St. John, N.B. in 1907..
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