Belwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Belwood family

The surname Belwood 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]

Important Dates for the Belwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belwood research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1138 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Belwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belwood Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Belward, Belwood, Bellward, Bellwood and others.

Early Notables of the Belwood family (pre 1700)

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Belwood migration to Canada

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Belwood or a variant listed above:

Belwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Belwood, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Belwood (post 1700)

  • Marilyn F. Belwood, American assistant professor in the Math Department at Missouri Valley College, Marshall
  • Jacqueline J. Belwood, American researcher in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

Citations

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