Bellier is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon
society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a bell-founder
or a bellringer.
The surname Bellier is derived from the Old English word belle,
which means bell.
Early Origins of the Bellier family
The surname Bellier was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire
takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bellier family
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Bellier Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bellier include Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellier family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bellier were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.