The Bellshan name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Belchamp in the county of Essex
having derived from the Old English elements bel,
which means fair,
which means field.
Early Origins of the Bellshan family
The surname Bellshan was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bellshan family
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Bellshan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bellshan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellshan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bellshan were among those contributors: John Belchem, who came to Barbados in 1679; John Belcham, who came to Barbados in 1679; Jame Bellsham, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; and P. S. Belcham, who settled in St. John, N.B. in 1907..