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The Bledsoe surname is a habitational name, originally taken on from a place named Bledisloe in Gloucestershire, derived from the Old English personal name "Bli-," and the Old English word "hlaw," meaning "a hill."

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The surname Bledsoe was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Bletsoe, Osbert de Breuil from Hugh de Beauchamp, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bledsoe, Bletshoe, Bledshoe, Bletso, Bledshow, Bletshow, Bledso, Bletsor and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bledsoe research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1362 is included under the topic Early Bledsoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bledsoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bledsoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis V. Bledsoe, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • L. V. Bledsoe, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mary G. Bledsoe, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Jean Alene Bledsoe, aged 8, who settled in America, in 1912
  • William H. Bledsoe, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
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  • Brigadier-General William Pinckney Bledsoe (1892-1972), American Chief of Staff, 25th Division, Hawaii (1945)
  • Tempestt Bledsoe (b. 1973), American actress, best known for her role on The Cosby Show
  • Samuel T. Bledsoe (1868-1939), American railroad executive, sixteenth president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
  • Jules Bledsoe (1898-1943), African American singer, best known for his recording of Old Man River in Showboat
  • Jesse Bledsoe (1776-1836), American Senator from Kentucky, Secretary of State
  • Eric Bledsoe (b. 1990), American NBA basketball player
  • Drew McQueen Bledsoe (b. 1972), American former NFL football quarterback
  • Benjamin Frederick "Ben" Bledsoe (b. 1982), American pop singer
  • Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Bledsoe (1921-1995), American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator, who was a pioneer of artificial intelligence, as well as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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  • The Bledsoe Family by John T. Bledsoe.
  • The Bledsoe's History by Pat Mercer Stephens.
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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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