The ancestry of the name Bellestede dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in or around the parish of Belstead, which was located in the diocese of Norwich and county Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bellestede family
The surname Bellestede was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bellestede family
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Bellestede Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bellestede have been found, including Belstead, Bellstead, Bestede, Belsted, Bellsted, Bellestede and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellestede family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellestede family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bellestede, or a variant listed above: W. Belstead, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852.