Bellis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bellis family

The surname Bellis was 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.

Early History of the Bellis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellis research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bellis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Bellis family (pre 1700)

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United States Bellis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Bellis, who settled in America in 1730
  • John Bellis, who settled in America in 1774
Bellis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Manuel Bellis, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • Samuel Bellis, who arrived in Indiana in 1851
  • J. B. Bellis, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • J. B. Bellis, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
Bellis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lazaros Bellis, who arrived in Boston in 1906

Australia Bellis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bellis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Bellis, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • James Bellis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [2]
  • Edward Bellis, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bellis (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Roger Bellis, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1911-12
  • Joe Bellis, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 3rd District, 2004
  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Arthur Bellis (d. 1945), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved
  4. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), on Facebook
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