Belward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Belward family

The surname Belward was first found in Cheshire where "William Belward, lord of Malpas, founded many great Northern families." [1] The Domesday Book of 1086 lists "One Beluard" as a Domesday tenant in Gloucestershire. [1]

Early History of the Belward family

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Belward Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Belward, Belwood, Bellward, Bellwood and others.

Early Notables of the Belward family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Belward family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Belward or a variant listed above: Robert Bellwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1681; William Bellwood, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832; Monah Bellwood, who settled in Ontario in 1871.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook
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