The ancestors of the Bellstead surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in or around the parish of Belstead, which was located in the diocese of Norwich and county Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bellstead family
The surname Bellstead was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bellstead family
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Bellstead Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bellstead include Belstead, Bellstead, Bestede, Belsted, Bellsted, Bellestede and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellstead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellstead family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: W. Belstead, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellstead (post 1700)
- Dirk Bellstead, Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa