Bellman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The descendants of the clans of the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Picts were the first to use the name Bellman. It was a name for a bellman or town crier.

Early Origins of the Bellman family

The surname Bellman was first found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Bellman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellman research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1398, 1505, 1663, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Bellman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bellman Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Bellman has been spelled Bellman, Beelman, Belman, Bellmon and others.

Early Notables of the Bellman family (pre 1700)

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Bellman migration to the United States

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Bellman:

Bellman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Bellman who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732

Bellman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Bellman U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]

Bellman migration to Australia

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

Bellman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Vincent Bellman, (b. 1808), aged 31, Cornish plaster travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Bellman, (b. 1809), aged 30, Cornish dressmaker travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [2]
  • Mr. Bolliver Bellman, (b. 1835), aged 4 years 6 months, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [2]
  • Mr. William Bellman, (b. 1837), aged 2, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [2]
  • Miss Anne Bellman, (b. 1832), aged 7, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bellman (post 1700)

  • John "Jack" Hutchins Bellman (1864-1931), American retired Major League Baseball catcher
  • Richard Ernest Bellman (1920-1984), American applied mathematician, celebrated for his invention of dynamic programming
  • Jonathan Bellman (b. 1975), American musicologist
  • Samuel H. Bellman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1956
  • Harry Bellman, American politician, Industrial Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Gina Bellman (b. 1966), New Zealand-born, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress nominated British actress
  • Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795), Swedish poet and composer

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Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
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