The surname Bellmore was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bellmore has been recorded under many different variations, including Belmore, Belemer, Bellmer, Belmer, Bellmore, Belamore and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bellmore or a variant listed above:
Bellmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fred Bellmore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1875
Don Bellmore, who settled in Wisconsin in 1882
Bellmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
R. Bellmore, aged 64, who immigrated to America, in 1906
William Bellmore, aged 0, who landed in America from Cown, Ireland, in 1914
Mary Bellmore, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914