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Bellshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Bellshaw is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Old Norse word which means good friends. The name appears in the oldest of all English plays The Mystery Plays. "Lo, here is the Belshere broght ye had bring". A parochial name from Bellecourt, near Perrone in Normandy, it is believed to have arrived in England with the Norman Conquest and the name appears on the Roll of the Battel Abbey as Bellesur.

Early Origins of the Bellshaw family


The surname Bellshaw was first found in Gloucestershire where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Anciently the family held the lands of Bellecourt in Normandy, to which they gave name.

Early History of the Bellshaw family


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Bellshaw Spelling Variations


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Belcher, Belsher, Belleser, Bellcher, Bellsher, Beleser, Bellesur, Bellecourt, Belcourt and many more.

Early Notables of the Bellshaw family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bellshaw family to Ireland


Some of the Bellshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bellshaw family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles William Bellshaw, aged 30, a railway labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Mary Bellshaw, aged 33, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Lucy Bellshaw, aged 8, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875

The Bellshaw Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.


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