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The surname Belliss 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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The surname Belliss 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.

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


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Belliss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Bayle who settled in Virginia in 1650; John Bayle settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Francis Bayle settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1763.

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    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Belliss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belliss 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.

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