The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Bewshea family name to the British Isles. Bewshea comes from the Old Norse word which means good friends.
The name appears in the oldest of all English plays The Mystery Plays.
"Lo, here is the Belshere broght ye had bring". A parochial name from Bellecourt, near Perrone in Normandy
, it is believed to have arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
and the name appears on the Roll of the Battel Abbey
Early Origins of the Bewshea family
The surname Bewshea was first found in Gloucestershire
where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Anciently the family held the lands of Bellecourt in Normandy
, to which they gave name.
Early History of the Bewshea family
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Bewshea Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Belcher, Belsher, Belleser, Bellcher, Bellsher, Beleser, Bellesur, Bellecourt, Belcourt and many more.
Early Notables of the Bewshea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bewshea family to Ireland
Some of the Bewshea family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bewshea family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bewshea or a variant listed above: Edward Belcher who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 and was made a freeman. Jeremy Belcher settled in Ipswick in 1631; after having made the voyage on the 'Susan and Ellen'. Andrew Belcher of Sudbury, Massachusetts settled in 1639. Finally Thomas Belcher settled in Wethersfield in 1640..
The Bewshea 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: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.