Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Belsom is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Kent.
Early Origins of the Belsom family
The surname Belsom was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Belsom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belsom research.Another 433 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1339, 1500, 1557, 1500, 1596, 1651, 1707, 1815, 1589, 1987, 1606, 1684, 1625 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Belsom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Belsom Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Belsom has been spelled many different ways, including Bellison, Belson, Beleson, Belessone, Bellesson and many more.
Early Notables of the Belsom family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Beleson, a prominent 14th century landholder in Kent; Blessed Thomas Belson (executed 5 July 1589), an English Roman Catholic layman from... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belsom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belsom family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Belsoms to arrive in North America: Thomas Belson who arrived in Virginia in 1654.