Belmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Belmore family

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.

Early History of the Belmore family

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.

Belmore Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Belmore family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Belmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Belmore migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Belmore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belmore Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ann Belmore, who arrived in Toronto in 1901
  • Thomas Belmore, aged 61, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Belmore (post 1700) +

  • Lionel Belmore (1867-1953), English actor who appeared in over 200 films, best remembered as the huffy-puffy Herr Vogel the Burgomaster in Frankenstein (1931)
  • Rebecca Belmore (b. 1960), Anishinaabe-Canadian artist based in Vancouver
  • Bertha Belmore (1882-1953), British film actor who made her first appearance at the age of eight


  1. ^ 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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