Belnap is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Belknapp, in the county of Warwickshire.
Early Origins of the Belnap family
The surname Belnap was first found in Warwickshire
, at Griff, a hamlet, in the parish of Chilvers-Coton, union of Nuneaton, Atherstone division of the hundred
of Hemlingford. This hamlet was held by the Giffard family since the reign of Elizabeth I and later passed to the Newdigates, of Arbury. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
According to Duchesne, in his publication "List of Conquerors of England
," Belknape was one of the companions to William the Conqueror and is listed on the Roll of Battle Abbey. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
However, little else is known of the family in earlier times. The next earliest record of the family was found in the hamlet of Griff as a birth record of Sir John Belknap (1309-1367.) He was father of Sir Robert Belknap (1339-1399) who was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in England
. His son was Hamon Belknap (1394-1429), also known variously as Bealknap and Beltoft. One of his sons was Henry Belknap, Lord of Oston (1435-1488.)
Early History of the Belnap family
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Belnap Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Belnap family name include Belknap, Bellknap, Belknape, Belknappe, Bellknappe and many more.
Early Notables of the Belnap family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belnap family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Belnap surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Belknap who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1620; Abraham Belknap, the scion of the family from Warwickshire
, also settled in Lynn in 1637. They became one of America's distinguished families..
Contemporary Notables of the name Belnap (post 1700)
- Gilbert Belnap (1821-1899), Canadian-born, American Mormon pioneer, LDS Church leader, and an early colonizer of Ogden, Utah
- David Foster Belnap (1922-2009), American award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent
- Arias Guy Belnap (1893-1974), American politician from Utah, leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Nuel D. Belnap Jr. (b. 1930), American logician and philosopher
- N. P. Belnap, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1908
- E. Darwin Belnap, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ogden, Utah, 1985, 1987 (primary)