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

When the ancestors of the Blundell family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lancashire. Other records show the name could have been derived from the nickname Blondel or Blundel which means the blonde or blond haired person. However, the Blondel spelling less common than the Blundell spelling and its variants.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Blundell has been recorded under many different variations, including Blundell, Blondell, Blondle, Blundle and others.

First found in Lancashire where they were granted lands at Ince by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. William Blundell or Blondell, Lord of Ince, held three knight's fees.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blundell research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1276, 1520, 1601, 1604, 1579, 1625, 1620, 1643, 1707, 1692 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Blundell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blundell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Blundell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Blundells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Blundell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Blundell, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Heny Blundell, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • William Blundell, who settled in Virginia in 1698

Blundell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Brian Blundell, who settled in New England in 1700
  • John Blundell, who landed in America in 1760
  • Charles Blundell, who settled in Maryland in 1774 with his wife, Mary

Blundell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Blundell, aged 24, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Halehs Blundell, aged 21, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • James Blundell, who landed in Mississippi in 1844


  • Peter Blundell (1520-1601), English merchant
  • Montague Blundell, created 1st Viscount Blundell in 1720
  • James Blundell (1791-1878), British obstetrician who performed the first successful transfusion of blood to a patient for treatment of a hemorrhage
  • John Blundell, British economist and Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Sir Edward "Denis" Blundell GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QSO (1907-1984), Governor-General of New Zealand from 1972 to 1977
  • Graeme Blundell (b. 1945), Australian actor, director and producer
  • Sir Tom L Blundell (b. 1942), British biologist and science administrator
  • William Blundell (b. 1947), Australian painter and art forger
  • James Blundell (b. 1964), Australian country music singer


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: Unus et idem ferar
Motto Translation: I will be borne along one and the same.


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