The ancient Scottish name Bellham is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Bellham was a name for a bellman
or town crier.
Early Origins of the Bellham family
The surname Bellham was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bellham family
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Bellham Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Bellham has been spelled Bellman, Beelman, Belman, Bellmon and others.
Early Notables of the Bellham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellham family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Bellham: Christian Bellman who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732; Melchior Beelman who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Peter Belman arrived in Philadelphia in 1749..