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Belsches Early Origins



The surname Belsches was first found in Durham, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor at Morton. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Morton who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The name is from a Norman settler named for his domain near Coulommiers in Seine et Marne in Normandy. This William de Columbiers was a Norman noble who is claimed by Wace to have been at the Battle of Hastings.

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Belsches Spelling Variations


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Belsches Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bellasis, Bellasses, Belasis, Bellasis, Belsize, Belsyze, Bellsyze, Belsches, Belshes, Bellsize, Belsyze, Belasyse, Bellasyse, Bellise, Bellize, Bellasies, Bellases and many more.

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Belsches Early History


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Belsches Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belsches research. Another 589 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1510, 1600, 1153, 1168, 1397, 1171, 1721, 1661 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Belsches History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belsches Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belsches Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Bellas, aged 15, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1895.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Belsches Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belsches Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 July 2014 at 14:27.

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