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

Noble surnames, such as Bleau, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Bleau, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Burgoigne. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Bleau family originally derived its name from the name of the town of Ble, which was in Burgoigne.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Blé, Bled, Blés, Blée, Blées, Bley, Blez, du Blé, de Blé, de Blee, du Blee, Dublé and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleau research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1273, 1402, 1537, 1571, 1601, 1613, 1615, 1703, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Bleau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bleau Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Maurice Bleau, aged 23, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1907
  • Eugene Bleau, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Poitiero, France, in 1910

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  • Desmond Bleau (b. 1982), Antigua and Barbudan footballer


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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: En tous temps du Blé
Motto Translation: At all times of wheat

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The Bleau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bleau 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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