The ancient name Belshire is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire,
which means good sir,
or fine sir.
Early Origins of the Belshire family
The surname Belshire was first found in Essex
. They were originally from Bouchier in Normandy
, and arrived in England
with Duke William in 1066. John de Bourchier (d.circa 1330) was an English Judge of the Common Pleas and the earliest ancestor of the family. His son, Robert Bourchier was 1st Baron
Bourchier (died 1349) and held the position of Lord Chancellor of England
, the first layman to hold the post. His son, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron
Bourchier (d. 1400), was a soldier and diplomat.
Early History of the Belshire family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belshire research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1409, 1400, 1409, 1405, 1467, 1533, 1587, 1654, 1643, 1595, 1660, 1535, 1605 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Belshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Belshire Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Belshire were recorded, including Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Belshire family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Bourchier, 2nd Baron
Bourchier (d. 1400), soldier and diplomat in the service of the crown; Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron
Bourchier (died 1409), member of Parliament, summoned to Parliament the first time 9 September 1400, the year of his father's death, continued to... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belshire family to Ireland
Some of the Belshire family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belshire family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Belshire arrived in North America very early: Anne Bowser who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; with her mother Anne and brother Richard; Henry Bowser settled in Washington Maryland in 1798; William Bowser settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1774..