The ancient German region of the Rhineland
was the original home of the name Bellingshausen. Bellingshausen was a local
name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Bellingshausen was a name for someone who lived in the Rhineland
, where they became noted for their contributions to the social and cultural life of the area. There are numerous villages and towns named Belling and Bellinger in the German states.
Early Origins of the Bellingshausen family
The surname Bellingshausen was first found in the Rhineland
, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Bellinghausen became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the region and the nation.
Early History of the Bellingshausen family
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Bellingshausen Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bellingshausen include Bellinghausen, Belinghausen, Bellinhausen, Bellenhausen, Bellinghaussen, Bellingshausen, Bellinghauser, Bellinghausser, Bellinghausel, Bellinghaussel, Bellinghausele, Bellinghaussele, Ballinghausen, Ballinghauser, Ballinghausel, Ballinghausele, Baellinghausen, Baellinghauser, Baellinghausel and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellingshausen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellingshausen family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island
, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Bellingshausen, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Bertram Bellinghausen arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1853; Margaret, Peter and Wilhelm Bellinghausen all of whom were recorded as having arrived in America in 1881.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellingshausen (post 1700)
- Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen (1778-1852), Baltic German officer in the Imperial Russian Navy who was a participant in the first Russian circumnavigation and leader of an expedition which discovered the continent of Antarctica