The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Beulay family name to the British Isles. They lived in Worcestershire
. However, the surname of the Beulay family evolved from the name of their former residence, Beaulieu, a place in Calvados, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Beulay family
The surname Beulay was first found in Worcestershire
, at Bewdley, a town and civil parish in the Wyre Forest District. The village dates back to about 1275 when it was listed as Beuleu and literally meant "beautiful place" having derived from the Old French beau + lieu. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first records of one of the surname's early variants was Simon de Bello Loco of Normandy
who was listed there in 1180 and years later Alexander de Bello Loco paid a fine in Bedfordshire
in 1255. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Bewley Common is a small village in Wiltshire.
Early History of the Beulay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beulay research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1902, 1840, 1835 and 1986 are included under the topic Early Beulay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beulay 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 Bewley, Bewlay, Bowley, Bowlay, Bewlie and others.
Early Notables of the Beulay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beulay family to Ireland
Some of the Beulay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beulay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Beulay or a variant listed above: Mary Bewley who settled in New England
in 1752; Grace Bewlie settled in New England
in 1635; Ambrose Bewly settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Beulay 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: Cautus metuit foveam lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.