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 century when they held estates in that county.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belney research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1103, 1177, 1449, 1560, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Belney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Belney has been spelled many different ways, including Bolney, Bollney, Bolnie, Bollnie, Belney and others.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Belneys to arrive in North America:
Belney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Eugenie Belney, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894