My Beleskey/Beliski Family Tree Details
The Family Tree name "Beliski" of our ancestors now dates back to 1414 in Lithuania. Our ancestors also came from Lithuania then to Prussia and then to Poland. the from Germany they arrived in Canada and United States, in the late 19th century
Our Family Name History:
As you may or may not know the Beleskey/Beliski's are of Lithuanian decent, polish heritage and traditions. The narrative obtained from the "The Historical Research Center" describes the following historical information.
The Lithuanians may have settled along the Neman (Nemanus)
as early as 1500 B.C. In the 13th cent., to protect themselves against the
Livonian and Teutonic knights, they formed a strong, unified state which, by
absorbing neighboring Russian principalities, became one of the largest in
medieval Europe. Between 1386 and 1569, Lithuania gradually merged with Poland.
In 1795 it came under Russian control. Independence was declared in 1918, but
Poland held Vilnius from 1920 to 1939.
The Lithuanian surname Beleskey/Beliski is of homonymic [ same as ] origin, deriving from the place name where the initial bearer lived or held land. In this instance the surname is considered to be a variant of the Polish Beliski, both finding their roots in a place names "Beles", with the addition of the suffix"-skey" which is a phonic variant of "-ski", a standard Slavic ending.
Thus the first bearer of the surname Beleskey/Beliski was someone who was identified by the members of his community as "one who hailed from Beles". In some cases, this name may also have originated from the estate of the family, in which instance, it can be interpreted "the lord of Beles".
The surname is also record as Belewicz and Bielewski. Etymologically the loponym derives from the Slavic term "biel", meaning "white". After the union of Horodla in 1413, when Lithuania and Poland united, many members of the Lithuanian aristocracy adopted the polish form of their surnames and indeed Lithuanian society was to become completely Polonized. Indeed, the variant form of Beliski was borne by a noble Lithuanian family, which was a sept of the great clan Mogila.
The ancestral seal of this house was located in
the city of Zmudz, where their existence was documented in 1840. Zmudz, a
Russian diocese, also called Telshi (Telshe), including the part of Lithuania
lying on the Baltic; this Lithuanian district, also named Schmudien (Polish,
Zmudz) or Schamaiten (Lithuanian, Zemaitis), was conquered about 1380 by the
Teutonic Knights, and ceded to Poland in 1411 by the first Treaty of Thorn after
the defeat of Tannenberg. The surname of Beliski was of the family which was a
sept (family) of the clan of Sreniawa.
The Family Crest and our Flag of Lithuania Lithuanian History [ click here ]
The surname Belski was first found in Polesie, the largest province of Poland. It is inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets. It was in this province that the renowned Radziwills and Sapiehas held their vast estates. The surname became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belski research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1502, 1552, 1600, 1677, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Belski History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Belczyk, Bielska, Belecki, Belewski, Bélik, Belski, Belitsh and many more.
More information is included under the topic Early Belski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.