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Bleen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Bleen is an age-old Boernician-Scottish name whose roots are found in the Scottish/English Borderlands of the medieval era. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Bleen, which means yellow. It was also the name of an early Celtic saint.


Early Origins of the Bleen family


The surname Bleen was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bleen family


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Bleen Spelling Variations


A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. Bleen has been written Blain, Blane, Blaine, Blaines, Blahan and others.

Early Notables of the Bleen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bleen family to Ireland


Some of the Bleen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bleen family to the New World and Oceana


Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bleen arrived in North America very early: James Blaine who settled in Pennsylvania in 1740; Eliza Blain who settled in New York in 1774; Peter Blain settled in Philadelphia in 1805; John Blain settled in New Orleans in 1820.

The Bleen Motto


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: Paritur pax bello
Motto Translation: Peace is obtained by war.


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