Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bellesman family once lived 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 Bellesman family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bellesman family
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Bellesman Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bellesman family name include Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellesman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellesman family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bellesman surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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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