Blodgett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Blodgett family

The surname Blodgett was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. The surnames Bladwell, Blodwell, and Blodget are believed to be derived from the Welsh surname Lloyd which settled in this border county in the 12th and 12th centuries.

Early History of the Blodgett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blodgett research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1982, 1177, 1449, 1560, 1455, 1487, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Blodgett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blodgett Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blodgett has been spelled many different ways, including Bladwell, Bladwall, Blodwell, Blodwall, Bladwel, Blodwal, Blodgett and many more.

Early Notables of the Blodgett family (pre 1700)

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United States Blodgett migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blodgetts to arrive in North America:

Blodgett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Blodgett, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Blodgett, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Daniel Blodgett, who arrived in New England in 1652 [1]
Blodgett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. W. Blodgett, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1896
Blodgett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albro Blodgett, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Annie G. Blodgett, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Basil Blodgett, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Blodgett (post 1700) +

  • Katherine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979), American scientist, first female recipient of a doctorate in physics by Cambridge University
  • Rufus Blodgett (1834-1910), US Senator from New Jersey
  • Polly Blodgett (b. 1918), American championship figure skater
  • Cindy Blodgett (b. 1975), former basketball player, current head coach at University of Maine
  • Edwin Ford Blodgett (1849-1912), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Atlanta, Georgia, 1902-10; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1908 [2]
  • Delos A. Blodgett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1880, 1892, 1900 [2]
  • Dan A. Blodgett, American politician, Mayor of Blytheville, Arkansas, 1952-53 [2]
  • Caleb Blodgett (1793-1872), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 11th District, 1833-35; Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1841-42 [2]
  • Betty Blodgett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960 [2]
  • Asiel Z. Blodgett (1832-1916), American politician, Mayor of Waukegan, Illinois, 1883-84 [2]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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