Bellee family page
Bellee is of French origin, but it does not stem from belle (beautiful) as might be expected, but from bellaie (a wood of birch trees). The original holder of the surname may have lived in a wood, or perhaps had silvery skin.
The record of the burial of Louise Bellee in St Brelade in 1568, 450 years ago
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Origins of name
This is a surname well known in Normandy, and it is said to originate from a number of hamlets of this name - Bellee, Le Belaie, etc - themselves named after the old word for 'birch wood' - bellaie.
There are at least nine Bellee housholds in Jersey and it is likely that they all originate from Victor Bellee, who came to Jersey from St Lo in Normandy in the first half of the 19th century. He was not the first of his name to move from Normandy to Jersey. however. There is a record in Barneville-sur-mer on the Normandy coast of a Guillaume Bellee, born there on 1 July 1777, being buried in St Helier on 10 June 1815.
We have been unable to find a record of this burial in Jersey, but there are 11 Bellee burials registered in St Mary, St Helier and Trinity between 1609 and 1693.
There was a small Bellee family in St Mary in the mid-17th century. The baptism of Judith, daughter of Jean Bellee and Judith Gallie was recorded in the parish in 1649, and eight years later, Jean Bellee, son of Clement, was also baptised there. There may be some confusion in this entry, however, because Clement, son of Jean, had married Judith Gallie, daughter of Clement, in St Mary in 1648. Judith died in 1656. An unknown son of Clement and Judith, possibly Jean, died in 1662. Their daughter Judith married Elie Collas and died in 1673.
There were Bellees in St Brelade earlier still. On 5 October 1572 Brelade Bellee married Richarde Bellee in St Brelade. Louyse Bellee, possibly their daughter, was buried in the parish in 1586.
- Bele 1528
- Belet 1340
Great War service
- Theodore Adolphus Bellee (1899- ) (St H) son of Charles Victor and Matilda Ann Lempriere, Private, RAMC, wounded, served as Billow
These wills created by members of the Bellee family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Bellee : Florence May , widow of Percy Reginald Vardon, of 28, Apsley Road, St Helier - 22/Feb/1968 , 22/Feb/1968 , D/Y/B1/117/5
- Bellee : Jean Pierre , also known as John Peter Bellee, of 8, Somerset Place, The Parade, St Helier - 20/Jan/1972 , 20/Jan/1972 , D/Y/B1/169/49