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The name Bellamy came to England with the ancestors of the Bellamy family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bellamy family lived in Shropshire. The name could also be derived as a nickname meaning my good friend


The surname Bellamy was first found in Shropshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bellamy are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bellamy include Bellamy, Belamy, Bellamie, Belamie, Bellamey, Bellame, Bellasme, Bellamly and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellamy research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1689, 1717, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bellamy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy (c.1689-1717), sometimes known as the "Prince of Pirates," an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. He and his crew captured at least 53 ships under his command making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history and...

Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellamy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bellamy, or a variant listed above:

Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Bellamy, Schoolmaster, who settled in New Haven in 1638
  • Henry Bellamy, who arrived in Maryland in 1640
  • Edward Bellamy settled in Barbados in 1685

Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Bellamy, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Bellamy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph M Bellamy, who landed in New York, NY in 1824
  • S C Bellamy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bellamy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Bellamy settled in Harbour Grace in 1812
  • Henry Bellamy settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1819
  • Henry Bellamy settled in Maggotty Cove, Newfoundland in 1822
  • Chancy H Bellamy, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Hiram Bellamy, who arrived in Canada in 1828

Bellamy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Bellamy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • George Bellamy, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

Bellamy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bellamy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brahmin" in 1883

  • Walter Jones "Walt" Bellamy (1939-2013), American professional NBA basketball player, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Carol Bellamy (b. 1942), American executive director of UNICEF (1995-)
  • John Dillard Bellamy (1854-1942), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
  • Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991), American actor
  • Edward Bellamy (1850-1898), American writer and utopian socialist
  • Arthur Bellamy (1942-2014), English footballer who played from 1958 to 1976
  • David J Bellamy OBE (b. 1933), English botanist, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner
  • George Ann Bellamy (1727-1788), English actress
  • Hans Schindler Bellamy (1901-1982), researcher and author under the pseudonym H. S. Bellamy
  • Lionel Bellamy, explosives expert

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    The Bellamy Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bellamy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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