Bloss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Bloss is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bloss family lived in Leicestershire, Suffolk, and Worcestershire. The family name, however, is not a reference to any of those locations, but to the family's residence prior to the Norman Conquest, in Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.

Early Origins of the Bloss family

The surname Bloss was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat since the reign of Richard I or King John. [1] However, some of the family were established at Bishop's Waltham in Southampton at early times. "Here are the remains of the once magnificent palace annexed to the see of Winchester, built in 1135 by Bishop Henry de Blois, brother of King Stephen, and greatly embellished by Wykeham. Henry II. held a great council in this palace in 1182." [2]

Important Dates for the Bloss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloss research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1135, 1154, 1205, 1219, 1327, 1497, 1634, 1600, 1686 and 1997 are included under the topic Early Bloss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloss Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bloss are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bloss include Bloss, Blos, Blois, Bloy, Bleys, Blosse, Bloyce and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloss family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bloss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloss migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bloss, or a variant listed above:

Bloss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Bloss who arrived in America in 1754
  • Peter Bloss who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloss (post 1700)

  • William H. "Bill" Bloss (1859-1921), first American football coach at Oregon State University in 1893
  • Margaret Varner Bloss (b. 1927), American athlete and professor of physical education
  • Samuel L. Bloss, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 16th District, 1875 [3]
  • S. C. Bloss, American Republican politician, Speaker of the Kansas State House of Representatives, 1935-36 [3]
  • Harvey Bloss, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1940 [3]
  • Harold L. Bloss, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1950, 1963 [3]
  • Arthur E. Bloss (b. 1894), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethlehem, 1923-24 [3]
  • Rainer Bloss (1946-2015), German electronic musician
  • Nick Bloss (b. 1967), British classical pianist and author
  • Tim Bloss, Assistant Professor of Biology at James Madison University

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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