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Where did the English Blankenship family come from? What is the English Blankenship family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blankenship family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blankenship family history?

The surname Blankenship is a habitational name from the village of Blenkinsop in Northumberland, about one mile from Greenhead. The ancient manor of Blenkinsop was held by the Blenkinsop family from the 13th century when they created a substantial tower house. A licence to build the manor was granted on May 6, 1340. A survey of 1541 reported the roof to be in decay and the tower not to be in good repair. Despite the poor repair, the family lived there for another two centuries but by 1832, the property was in disuse. About 1877 William Blenkinsop Coulson did a major restoration project which created a large mansion house but then sold the premises a few years later. A major fire in 1954 resulted in demolition of much of the estate. Today the home is still used but only portions thereof.

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Although the name, Blankenship, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Blenkinsopp, Blenkinsop, Blinkinsopp, Blinkinsop, Blankensop, Blankensopp, Blinkinsops, Blenkinship, Blenkinshipp, Blenkenship, Blenkenshipp, Blenkinshop, Blenkinshopp and many more.

First found in the parish of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, where some of the earliest record of the name include: Antony Blencansop and Ranulf de Blenkenshope who were listed there c. 1240. Another reference from the Northumberland lists Randolf de Blenckinsopp temp. Edward I. Spelling variations of the name were very numerous. Nearby Yorkshire lists Symon de Blanchainesop, de Blancaneshop, de Blenkensope about the same time.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blankenship research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blankenship History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Blankenship Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Blankenship family name Blankenship, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Blankenship Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Annie Blankenship, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Blankenship Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Miss G. Blankenship, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • John Blankenship, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Robert Blankenship, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Virginia Blankenship, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • William Blankenship, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1924


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  • Donald Leon "Don" Blankenship (b. 1950), American former president of the Massey Energy Co, (2000-2010)
  • Lance Blankenship (b. 1963), American retired Major League Baseball utility player who played for the Oakland Athletics (1988-1993), 1989 World Series Champion
  • Loyd Blankenship (b. 1965), American computer hacker and writer, known by his pseudonym The Mentor
  • J. Richard Blankenship (b. 1949), former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas
  • Bill Blankenship (b. 1956), American football former player and head coach of the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2011-)
  • Kevin DeWayne Blankenship (b. 1963), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1988 to 1990
  • Theodore "Ted" Blankenship (1901-1945), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1922 to 1930
  • Tom Blankenship, American bass guitarist for the Kentucky band My Morning Jacket
  • Homer "Si" Blankenship (1902-1974), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played fron 1922 to 1928
  • Brian Blankenship (b. 1963), American NFL football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-1991)

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dieu defende le droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Blankenship Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blankenship Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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