Bellamy Family Tree

This web page will contain the information concerning the "BELLAMY" Family Line and all relavant information that I and my sister find to document our family roots

Most research is stored on Ancestry.com user is kevinbellamy1.  Follow this link, you'll have to have an account I think.  http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/25826477/family/pedigree

I am going to do my very best to keep most information on this website 1 click deep.  Hopefully I'm successful.


NEWS:   The below will show what is happening on the website, and within our research 

>> website last updated on: 17 Jan 2012 <<


ADDED, A Research Question BLOG.. Feel Free to ask questions, or leave Information.

CLICK HERE for Scrap file (items I simply haven't had time to research and file)



We are currently working on:

  • Just added the 13 Bellamy Brothers on the FOCUS Page

Just found a Great Link for a Bellamy Family Genealogy Forum It seems like a GREAT place for some information to both share and learn from. 



In the future I hope to move this website to its own domain.  I use to have one called 'thebellamys.org' But I let that expire.  For now this is a nice cheap way of holding this information.

Not only will we map out the Bellamy name, but all of the off branches.  We use myself (Kevin W. Bellamy) as a reference.  Although we do understand that this is a collaborative effort, and we want to produce as much information on parallel branches as we can for completeness. Some of the lines will follow initially are:

  • Williams (My wife's line back, on her dad's side)
  • Williams (My Mom's mothers side)
  • Rawls (My Wife's Mothers side) 
  • Colvin (My Mom's Dad's line)
  • Benda (My Step Dad's Side, has been more than a dad to me.)

Lots of credit to Ancestry.com who has made it possible to connect, and research



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What is in a Name? 

The English surname Bellamy is of nickname origin, being one of those surnames based on the first name of a father.  In this instance, the name can be traced to the Old French term ‘bel ami’, which means, literally, ‘handsome friend’.  During the Middle Ages nicknames were very common, they were terms of affection and endearment and they were also functional so that bearers of the same first name could be easily distinguished.  French was commonly used in England at this time.  It had been used by the Normans, a group of warriors who invaded England in 1066.  Many of them subsequently settled in the country, and French phrases were frequently used.  The modern structured system of hereditary family names had not yet evolved, therefore people adopted those names by which they were locally known.  The use of this name as a synonym for the term ‘close or dear friend’ occurs in ‘Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales’.



The first recorded instances of the surname occur in the 'Hundred Rolls', a document drawn up in London in 1273; one Hugh Bellami from Cambridge and one Roger Bellamy from Oxford are registered therein.



BELLAMY COAT of ARMS
One of the most ancient and best-known of the several coats of arms of the English family of Bellamy is that described in heraldic terms as follows (Burke, General Armory, 1884):
Arms. --"Sable, on a fesse or, cottised argent, three crescents azur."
Crest.--"An arm couped, habited sable, cuffed argent, holding in the hand proper a sceptre or, on the top a crescent argent."


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The surname of BELLAMY was a nickname 'my good friend' a common surname in early registers. The name was derived from the Old French Beau (fair) and Ami (friend). The name appeared in early documents in the Latin form of AMICUS. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monastries, gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Early records of the name mention Reginald Belhume who was documented in 1179 in County Sussex, and Belhome (without surname) appears in Surrey in the year 1180. William Belhom was mentioned in Cambridge in the year 1279. Henry Belamy was recorded during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Edward Bellemy of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention Elizabeth Bellamye who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1634. Charles Parent married Elizabeth Bellamy at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1757. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
K. Bellamy