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Bellew is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bellew family lived in Yorkshire. The name, however, refers to the region of Belleau or Bella Aqua in France, both of which translate as good water or clear water. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Bellew Early Origins



The surname Bellew was first found in Yorkshire, where the name is "probably of Norman origin, meaning bel-eau, in Latin, Bella-aqua, the fair water; the designation of some locality. John be Bellew was a Baron of Parliament temp. Edward I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The family claim that the founder of the Bellews was a marshal in the army of the Conqueror. Some of the eighteen knights who were in direct succession settled in Ireland at Bellewstown, in the county of Meath and in Louth in the 13th century. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another source claims the name "is an old, though now a rare, Devonshire name." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
This source also notes that the family had been lords of the manor of Stockleigh-English for more than 150 years.

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Bellew Spelling Variations


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Bellew Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bellew, Belew, Below, Bella and others.

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Bellew Early History


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Bellew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellew research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1805, 1575, 1585, 1848, 1798 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Bellew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bellew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bellew Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bellew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bellew In Ireland


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Bellew In Ireland



Some of the Bellew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bellew or a variant listed above were:

Bellew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathurin Bellew, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1645
  • Maturin Bellew, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1645
  • William Bellew, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Bellew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Bellew who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Bellew, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • Mrs. Bellew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. H. Bellew settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • Charles, James, John, Michael and Patrick Bellew all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1844 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bellew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bellew (post 1700)



  • Frank Henry Temple Bellew (1828-1888), India-born, American artist, illustrator, and cartoonist
  • Anthony "Tony" Bellew (b. 1982), English professional boxer and actor
  • Sir George Bellew (1899-1993), English genealogist and armorist, appointed to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms, the highest heraldic office in England and Wales
  • Thomas Bellew (1943-1995), Irish politician
  • Captain Edward Donald Bellew (1882-1961), India-born, Canadian Captain of the 7th Battalion British Columbia Regiment and recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second Battle of Ypres on 24 April, 1915
  • Bryan Edward Bellew (b. 1943), 8th Baron Bellew, Irish peer
  • James Bryan Bellew (1920-2010), 7th Baron Bellew, Irish peer
  • Edward Henry Bellew (1889-1975), 5th Baron Bellew, Irish peer
  • Bryan Bertram Bellew (1890-1981), 6th Baron Bellew, Irish peer
  • George Leopold Bryan Bellew -Bryan (1857-1935), 4th Baron Bellew, Irish peer
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout d'en haut
Motto Translation: All from above.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Bellew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellew Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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