Origin of the Name Bellew
The ancient history of the name Bellew
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'Bailiff' or 'Steward', variants of the name Bellew include Baillie, Bailie and Bellewe. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above countries. Examples of such are a William de Bailli who appeared as a juror on an inquest concerning forfeited lands in Lothian. The earliest references of the name in Ireland appear under Beleawe which is close to the original French 'de Belleau'. The family went to England, from Normandy, with William the Conqueror, settling in Ireland in County Louth, after the Anglo-Norman invasion. In Scotland there are a number of prominent families, notably, Polkemmet, Jerviswood, and Dochfour. The Baillies of Dunain are believed to have been founded by a younger son of the House of Lamington. Through the marriage of Colonel James Baillie, the title of Baron Burton came into the Dochfour family.
The Bellew coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bellew descendants.