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Belsham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Belsham family


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

Early History of the Belsham family


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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.

Early Notables of the Belsham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Belsham family to the New World and Oceana


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

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

Historic Events for the Belsham family



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  • Mr. James R Belsham (b. 1903), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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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
  2. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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