Variations of the Name:
Bellew, Belew, Belleau, Ballaw, Balew, Ballew, Ballow, Blue, Bloo
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History of the Name:
The name Bellew appears on the roll of Battle abbey among the followers of William the Conquer and in the reign of Edward I. John De Bellew acquired the Lordship of Carleton by marriage with the heiress of Bruce where in 1375 James Bellew held Bellewstown Co. Meath. Bellews Castle at Bellewstown was built in 1472-79 by Richard Bellew. He was the ancestor of John Bellew created Baron of Duleek 1686. He was also ancestor of the families at Barmeath Co. Louth and Mount Bellew Co. Galway.
The member of the family to appear first in Ireland was Roger De Bellew. The intermediate Lords of Bellewstown and Duleek intermarried with Darcys, Fitzgeralds ( Earls of Kildare ), St. Lawerences, Flemings, Gernons and Prestons. Philip Bellew was bailiff of Dublin in 1445 and ancestor of James Bellew who was Mayor of Dublin in 1598.
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