The surname Belmore was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belmore research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Belmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Belmore are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Belmore include: Belmore, Belemer, Bellmer, Belmer, Bellmore, Belamore and many more.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Belmore or a variant listed above:
Belmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jose Belmore, who arrived in New Orleans in 1849
Jose Belmore, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1849 
Wm. Lionel Belmore, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1895
Belmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Mrs Belmore, who landed in America from London, in 1906
Lionel Belmore, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
Emmeline Belmore, aged 35, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
Rosamund M. Belmore, aged 9, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
Violet E. L. Belmore, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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