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Early Origins of the Belsyze family

The surname Belsyze was first found in Durham, where they "gave their name to Bellasis,- more commonly Bellas - which 'they held from a period little later than the Conquest.' It is believed to have been a Roman station, and is now 'a farmhold, with stone walls of great thickness, and the remains of a regular moat, the usual defence of manor houses of the second class in a level country.' During the thirteenth century-probably before 1272 John de Bellasis surrendered the estate to the Prior and Convent of Durham, in exchange for Henknowl, near St. Andrew's, Auckland." 1

"This transaction was evidently highly favourable to the monks, and a local distich, still well remembered in the neighbourhood, speaks of it as an act of madness:"

"Johny tuth' Bellas, daft was thy poll.

When thou changed Bellas for Henknoll."

"It was in fact a sacrifice made on religious grounds. 'According to constant tradition, John de Bellasis, being minded to undertake the Crusade, found himself sorely let and hindered by his attachment to the estate of his ancestors. To remove this stumbling-block, he exchanged the green pastures and deep meadows of Bellasis with the Church of Durham for Henknoll. He lived, it seems, to return and repent of his bargain." 1

About 1313, one of his descendants acquired Houghton Le Spring, in the same county, through its heiress. She was the only sister of Sir John Le Spring, the last of his race, who was murdered in his own manor house by Robert Lascelles. This seems to have been in their possession for a short time only ; but they continued for more than two hundred years longer at Henknoll, till they were transplanted to a grander home in Yorkshire. 2

"Anthony Bellasis, a Master in Chancery, and one of the Council of the North, was a prudent, wary man, who laid the foundation of the future fortunes of the family. He was one of the King's Commissioners for visiting the Religious Houses, and obtained a grant of the site of Newborough Abbey in the North Riding, which he settled on his nephew, Sir Willam Belasyse." 1

Gregory de Belassis was found in Norfolk records in the 13th century. In Yorkshire, we found Robert de Beleassise there in 1305 and later, Peter Belassise was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1351. 3

Most people claim Scotland as their homeland. And in this case, the family claim descent from "the barony of the same name in the lordship of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, which belonged to the monks of Jedburgh. The barony may have been named by some earlier owner from Belasis (so spelled also in 1305) in Northumberland, Bellasis (1345 Belasis) in Durham, or from Bellasis which is near Coulommieres in Seine-et-Mame department, France. " 4

Early History of the Belsyze family

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Belsyze 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.

Early Notables of the Belsyze family

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Migration of the Belsyze family

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.

The Belsyze 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: Bonne et Belle Assez
Motto Translation: (in allusion to the fleur-de-lis on their shield)

  1. Surtees, Robert, The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham. London: J. Nichols and Son, 25 Parliament Street, 1820. Print.
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook