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The name Belsham is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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.

Belsham Early Origins



The surname Belsham was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Belsham Spelling Variations


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Belsham Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Belsham were recorded, including Belsham, Bellsham, Belshem, Belchamp, Bellchamp, Belesham and many more.

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Belsham Early History


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Belsham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belsham research. Another 593 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1661, 1750, 1750, 1829, 1752 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Belsham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belsham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belsham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belsham 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 were:

Belsham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Belsham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  • Mary Belsham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm

Belsham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frank Belsham, aged 20, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Belsham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Belsham (post 1700)



  • William Belsham (1752-1827), English political writer and historian who supported the American Revolution in excusing Americans in their resistance to the demands of England, brother of Thomas Belsham
  • Thomas Belsham (1750-1829), English Unitarian minister and religious writer
  • Victor "Vic" Colin Belsham (1925-2006), New Zealand rugby league player and referee at the 1957 World Cup, brother of Selwyn Eric Belsham
  • Selwyn Eric "Sel" Belsham (b. 1930), New Zealand rugby league player, member of the New Zealand National Team at the 1957 World Cup
  • Denise D Belsham, Canadian cancer researcher in the Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology at the Toronto General Research Institute

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Belsham Historic Events


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Belsham Historic Events




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Belsham Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Belsham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belsham 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 4 September 2015 at 11:03.

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