Blough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Blough is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a blower, or one who plays the horn. [1]

Early Origins of the Blough family

The surname Blough was first found in Staffordshire at Blore Heath, a sparsely populated area of farmland best known as the site of the first major battle in the English Wars of the Roses fought on 23 September 1459. [2]

Important Dates for the Blough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blough research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1574, 1618, 1640, 1649, 1708, 1669, 1648, 1701 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Blough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blough Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blough include Bloor, Blore, Bloare, Bloore, Blour, Bloure and others.

Early Notables of the Blough family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Blow (1649-1708), an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1669. He "is said by all his biographers to have been born at North Colfingham, in Nottinghamshire, in 1648, but the registers of that parish...
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Migration of the Blough family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blough were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: the farmer of the name Bloor who settled in York in Upper Canada, from him came the name Bloor Street, one of the longest and most important streets in Toronto. This caused almost a chain reaction of streets in other cities of Canada to be also named Bloor. James Bloor landed in America in 1762.

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Citations

  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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