Belshough is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought to England
. It comes from the Old Norse word which means good friends.
The name appears in the oldest of all English plays The Mystery Plays.
"Lo, here is the Belshere broght ye had bring". A parochial name from Bellecourt, near Perrone in Normandy
, it is believed to have arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
and the name appears on the Roll of the Battel Abbey
Early Origins of the Belshough family
The surname Belshough was first found in Gloucestershire
where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Anciently the family held the lands of Bellecourt in Normandy
, to which they gave name.
Early History of the Belshough family
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Belshough Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Belcher, Belsher, Belleser, Bellcher, Bellsher, Beleser, Bellesur, Bellecourt, Belcourt and many more.
Early Notables of the Belshough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belshough family to Ireland
Some of the Belshough family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 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 Belshough family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Belshough name or one of its variants: Edward Belcher who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 and was made a freeman. Jeremy Belcher settled in Ipswick in 1631; after having made the voyage on the 'Susan and Ellen'. Andrew Belcher of Sudbury, Massachusetts settled in 1639. Finally Thomas Belcher settled in Wethersfield in 1640..
The Belshough Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.