Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the parish of Belchamp in the county of Essex having derived from the Old English elements bel, which means fair, and champ, which means field.
Early Origins of the Belsghan family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Belsghan family
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Belsghan Spelling Variations
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. Belsghan has been spelled many different ways, including Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.
Early Notables of the Belsghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belsghan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Belsghans to arrive in North America: John Belchem, who came to Barbados in 1679; John Belcham, who came to Barbados in 1679; Jame Bellsham, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; and P. S. Belcham, who settled in St. John, N.B. in 1907..
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