name Bellsman comes from the family having resided 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 Bellsman family
The surname Bellsman was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bellsman family
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Bellsman Spelling Variations
Bellsman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellsman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellsman family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bellsmans to arrive on North American shores: 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..