Blodgett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Blodgett is a Welsh name of old Celtic origin. The surname is from the well-known Welsh personal name Lloyd. The surname Blodgett features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab-" which means "son of." The original form of the name was "Ab-Lloyd," which evolved into "Ap-Llud" and then "Blud." [1]

Early Origins of the Blodgett family

The surname Blodgett was first found in Cardiganshire (Welsh: Sir Aberteifi), the former Kingdom of Ceredigion, created as a county in 1282 by Edward I, and located on the West coast of Wales, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They are descended from the Lloyds of Cardigan Castle.

Early History of the Blodgett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blodgett research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1618, 1680, 1671, 1680, 1660, 1707, 1672, 1688, 1600, 1595, 1613 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Blodgett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blodgett Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Blodgett has seen various spelling variations: Blood, Bloode, Blud, Bludd and others.

Early Notables of the Blodgett family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Colonel Thomas Blood (1618-1680), a "noted bravo and desperado", an Irish-born colonel best known for attempting to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London in 1671. He died on Tuesday, 24 Aug. 1680. He was buried on the 26th, at Tothill Fields. Rumours being afloat that it had been a sham funeral, to keep the living man hidden elsewhere, his body was exhumed on the following Thursday, and identified at...
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Ireland Migration of the Blodgett family to Ireland

Some of the Blodgett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blodgett migration to the United States +

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Blodgett:

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 [2]
  • Daniel Blodgett, who arrived in New England in 1652 [2]
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 [3]
  • Delos A. Blodgett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1880, 1892, 1900 [3]
  • Dan A. Blodgett, American politician, Mayor of Blytheville, Arkansas, 1952-53 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • Betty Blodgett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960 [3]
  • Asiel Z. Blodgett (1832-1916), American politician, Mayor of Waukegan, Illinois, 1883-84 [3]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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