The surname Belvin is a ancient Westphalian patronymic
name. Names derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer are called patronymic
, while names derived from the given name of the mother are called metronymic. Belvin comes from the Germanic personal name
Baldawin, which in turn derives from the Gothic word Balths, the Old German word bald, and the German balt, which mean courageous. The names Baldawin and Baldwin translate into courageous friend, from bald, which means courageous and wini, which means friend.
Early Origins of the Belvin family
The surname Belvin was first found in Westphalia
, where the name Belven made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The name Belven became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which erupted as each group vied for enhanced power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Belvin family
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Belvin Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Belvin include Belven, Bellven, Belvenn, Bellvenn, Bellvens, Belvens, Belver, Bellver, Belvers, Bellvers, Belvel, Bellvel, Belvele, Bellvele, Balven, Balver, Balvel, Balvele, Baelven, Baelver, Baelvel and many more.
Early Notables of the Belvin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belvin family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:
Belvin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs M O Belvin, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1906
- Gladys Belvin, aged 16, who arrived in America from Pembroke, Bermuda, in 1908
- Maude Belvin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1910
- Benjamin C. Belvin, aged 21, who arrived in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1916
- Isabel Belvin, aged 29, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Belvin (post 1700)
- Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (1932-1960), American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter; known for his Top 40 hit with "Guess Who", written by his wife, his career was cut short due to his death from a car crash