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Where did the English Belliss family come from? What is the English Belliss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Belliss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Belliss family history?

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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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belliss research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belliss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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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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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