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Belshes Early Origins



The surname Belshes 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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Belshes Spelling Variations


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Belshes 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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Belshes Early History


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Belshes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belshes 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 Belshes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Belshes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Belshes Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Belshes 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

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  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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This page was last modified on 17 July 2014 at 14:27.

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