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Where did the Scottish Blight family come from? When did the Blight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blight family history?

The history of the name Blight begins in the Scottish/English Borderlands with a family of Strathclyde-Briton ancestry. It is a name for a happy or cheerful person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blithe, which described a person exhibiting the aforementioned characteristics.

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Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Blight has been spelled Blythe, Bllyt, Blytht, Blyithe, Blith, Blyth, Blitht and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blight research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1603, 1567, 1485, 1493, 1493, 1499, 1530, 1503, 1530, 1542, 1605, 1654 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Blight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Blight Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Gilbert Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1629
  • Jacob Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Blight Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robt Blight, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

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  • Richard Derek Blight (1955-2005), Canadian professional NHL hockey player from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
  • John Blight (1913-1995), Australian poet from Unley, South Australia, recipient of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry
  • John Thomas Blight FSA (1835-1911), Cornish archaeological artist from near Redruth, Cornwall
  • Malcolm Jack Blight AM (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer, eponym of the Malcolm Blight Medal
  • Rosemary Blight, Australian Film Institute nominated film producer
  • James Blight, Canadian voice actor from Richmond, British Columbia
  • Chris Blight (b. 1982), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger from Cambridge, Ontario


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