Origin of surname
One source for the derivation of this name is the suggestion that it is an Italian surname of medieval origins, recorded in many spellings (see below) and that it is a derivative of the popular biblical personal name Jacob and the parallel form of James. The Dictionary of Italian Surnames suggests that the meaning of the surname may be "Beautiful James".
Another suggests that it comes from the Czech bílý, meaning ‘white’, or a derivative of the female personal name Bela (which also means ‘white’), denoting the son or husband of a woman so named. It could also derive from the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).
However, in the Jersey context the origins are almost certainly closer to home in France and it may have meant 'the beautiful little one'. Although the family still existed in Jersey at the end of the 20th century, it now appears to have died out, although it is still found throughout France, including nearby Normandy.
Although the tree below starts with Jean Belin of St Mary, it is probably more likely that he was born in France and was the first of his family to come to Jersey in the early 17th century, where he married Jeanne de Gruchy. Jeanne was the daughter of Gilles and Marie Romeril.
- Belin baptisms in Jersey
- Belin marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Belin marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Belin burials in Jersey
Great War service
This will created by a member of the Belin family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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
- Benjamin Belin 21 December 1767 - D/Y/A/11
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