Belstead is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in or around the parish of Belstead, which was located in the diocese of Norwich and county Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Belstead family
The surname Belstead was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Belstead family
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Belstead Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Belstead family name include Belstead, Bellstead, Bestede, Belsted, Bellsted, Bellestede and many more.
Early Notables of the Belstead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belstead family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Belstead surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Belstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W. Belstead, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852