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The history of the name Blight begins in the Scottish/English Borderlands with a family of Strathclyde-Briton ancestry. It is a name for a happy or cheerful person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blithe, which described a person exhibiting the aforementioned characteristics.

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The surname Blight was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland. Blyth was an old barony in the lordship of Lauderdale some time ago. The first on record was of William de Blyth of Chirnesyde in Berwickshire who represented the family and rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. A few years later, the seal of Adam de Blyth was appended to an account of goods purchased at Perth in 1302. James Blyth was burgess of Dundy (Dundee) in 1485. [1] Further south in England, William de Blithe was listed in the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Oxfordshire and Willelmus de Blythe was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Blight has been spelled Blythe, Bllyt, Blytht, Blyithe, Blith, Blyth, Blitht and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blight research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1567, 1567, 1563, 1646, 1691, 1485, 1493, 1493, 1499, 1530, 1503, 1530, 1542, 1605, 1654 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Blight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Blight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gilbert Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1629
  • Jacob Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Blight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robt Blight, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Blight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Frances Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840
  • Caroline Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Emma Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Joseph Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849
  • Joseph Blight, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851


Blight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jeremiah Blight arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Baltasara" in 1854
  • Edwin Blight arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Baltasara" in 1854
  • Samuel J. Blight, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Mary Blight, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880

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  • John Blight, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1948
  • Chris Blight (b. 1982), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger from Cambridge, Ontario
  • James Blight, Canadian voice actor from Richmond, British Columbia
  • Rosemary Blight, Australian Film Institute nominated film producer
  • Malcolm Jack Blight AM (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer, eponym of the Malcolm Blight Medal
  • John Thomas Blight FSA (1835-1911), Cornish archaeological artist from near Redruth, Cornwall
  • John Blight (1913-1995), Australian poet from Unley, South Australia, recipient of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry
  • Richard Derek Blight (1955-2005), Canadian professional NHL hockey player from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba


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  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

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  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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