Bley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Bley, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Bley, 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 Bley family originally derived its name from the name of the town of Ble, which was in Burgoigne.

Early Origins of the Bley family

The surname Bley was 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.

Important Dates for the Bley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bley research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1273, 1402, 1537, 1571, 1601, 1613, 1615, 1703, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Bley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bley family (pre 1700)

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

Bley migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Will Bley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Philipp Bley, who arrived in America in 1748 [1]
  • Johannes Bley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Joh Adam Bley, who arrived in America in 1751 [1]
  • Johann Adam Bley, who landed in America in 1753 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Bley, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
Bley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Falk Felix Bley, who landed in Alabama in 1922 [1]

Bley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Bley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Bley (post 1700)

  • Carla Bley (b. 1936), American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader
  • Hyman Paul Bley CM (1932-2016), Canadian jazz pianist
  • João Punaro Bley (1900-1983), Brazilian military and public administrator
  • Paul Bley (b. 1932), Canadian free jazz pianist

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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