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

The German surname Blum emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems Rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. In the Middle Ages, many of the Saxon lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the feudal system.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Blum, Blumm, Blume, Blumen, Bluem and others.

First found in Lower Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the Hanover region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. From the 14th century the name was associated with a Patrician family that possessed estates in the Calenberg and Minden region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blum research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Blum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blum Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Frantz Blum, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • Eva Elisabetha Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Valentin Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johann Georg Blum went to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Johann Jacob Blum landed in Philadelphia in 1751

Blum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Heinrich Blum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Geo Fred Blum, aged 33, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Charles Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Frederick Blum, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820
  • Johann Jakob Blum, who landed in America in 1832


  • Lt. General H Steven Blum (b. 1946), American 25th Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Deborah Blum (b. 1954), American reporter who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting
  • Robert Blum (1807-1848), German liberal agitator
  • Leon Blum (1872-1950), French politician, born in Alsace, three time Prime Minister of France
  • René Blum (1878-1942), French impresario and critic


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

This page was last modified on 27 May 2013 at 20:03.

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