name Bellsted comes from when the family resided in or around the parish of Belstead, which was located in the diocese of Norwich and county Suffolk.
from ancient times.
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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. Bellsted has been recorded under many different variations, including Belstead, Bellstead, Bestede, Belsted, Bellsted, Bellestede 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 Bellsted or a variant listed above: W. Belstead, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852.