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Belcher Family History

Belcher Name Meaning
(of Norman origin): nickname from Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ + chere ‘face’, ‘countenance’. Although it originally meant ‘face’, the word chere later came to mean also ‘demeanor’, ‘disposition’ (hence English cheer), and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant, cheerful disposition. There has been some confusion with Bowser.nickname for someone given to belching. See Balch.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Belcher Families

  • Number of Belcher families
     132 - 261
     45 - 131
     1 - 44
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Belcher families
     356 - 710
     119 - 355
     1 - 118
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Belcher families
     15 - 27
     6 - 14
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Belcher Family Origin

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Belcher Immigration Information

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Belcher Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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