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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Italian


The surname Bellis is a name that was originally given to a near the outer wall of a feudal castle which is derived from the Old French word baille, which referred to such a structure.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bayle, Bayles, Baile, Bailes, Bellis and others.

First found in Colchester, where they had been granted lands about the year 1500. The name was originally spelt Bellis. Baile Hill is a man-made earth mound in York, England. It is thought to have been built in 1068 and played a part in William the Conqueror's conquest of York.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellis research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bellis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Bellis, who came to St. Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Bellis settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Bellis, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Bellis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Bellis, who settled in America in 1730
  • John Bellis, who came to America in 1774

Bellis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Manuel Bellis, who came to Philadelphia in 1820
  • Samuel Bellis, who arrived in Indiana in 1851
  • J. B. Bellis, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • J. B. Bellis settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Bellis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Lazaros Bellis, who arrived in Boston in 1906

Bellis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Bellis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850
  • Edward Bellis, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

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  • Benjamin Neil Bellis (b. 1924), retired American Air Force Lieutenant General, Vice Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
  • Richard Bellis (b. 1946), American Primetime Emmy Award winning composer from Pasadena, California
  • Joy Bellis, American Jazz Singer
  • George Alfred Bellis (1904-1969), Indian-born, English professional footballer
  • Alfred "Alf" Bellis (b. 1920), former English footballer
  • Guy Bellis (1886-1980), English actor
  • Scott Bellis, Canadian actor from Vancouver
  • Jonathan Bellis (b. 1988), Manx racing cyclist from Douglas
  • Bertram Thomas Bellis, Headmaster, The Leys School, Cambridge


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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Bellis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellis 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.

This page was last modified on 6 November 2015 at 08:04.

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