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Where did the English Belt family come from? What is the English Belt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Belt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Belt family history?

The ancient name of Belt finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a beltmaker.


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 Belt family name include Belt, Beltie, Belts and others.

First found in Essex, where Arnold and Robert Belt(e) were first listed in the Feet of Fines in 1203. Years later, Benedict le beleter was listed in the Freemans Rolls of Yorkshire in 1295. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belt research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Belt surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Belt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Humfrey Belt settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Isaac Belt settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Belt in Virginia in 1635
  • Humfrey Belt, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Belt, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Belt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • U H Belt, who landed in San Francisco California in 1850


  • George Gordon Belt (1828-1869), American soldier, businessman, judge, Confederate sympathizer
  • Harry Hackleman Belt (1883-1950), American educator, lawyer, and judge
  • Elmer Belt (1893-1980), American urologist, surgeon and pioneer in sex reassignment surgery
  • Clarence W. Belt (1890-1969), American racecar driver
  • Brandon Kyle Belt (b. 1988), American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder
  • Thomas Belt (1832-1878), English geologist and naturalist


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

The Belt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Belt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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