Bloye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Bloye family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Leicestershire and Worcestershire. The family name, however, is not a reference to either of those locations, but to the area of the family's residence prior to the Norman Conquest, Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France. [1]

Another source claims that the "name seems to be connected with the Anglo-Saxon verb blissian, laetificare, to make glad or joyous." [2]

Early Origins of the Bloye family

The surname Bloye was first found in Leicestershire and Worcestershire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two early entries for the family: John Blisse, Buckinghamshire; and John Blisse, Kent. [3]

Early History of the Bloye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloye research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1530, 1525, 1647, 1721, 1698, 1702, 1704 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Bloye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloye Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bloye has been recorded under many different variations, including Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.

Early Notables of the Bloye family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Bylsse (d. 1530), early English physician, born in the diocese of Bath and Wells. "He came to London, and practised in 1525, becoming a member of the College of Physicians. Being an astronomer as well as a physician, he left certain...
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United States Bloye migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bloyes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bloye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Sydney Bloye, aged 23, who settled in America from London, in 1900
  • John William Bloye, aged 52, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Alice Bloye, aged 48, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • George Bloye, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • George Robert Bloye, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bloye migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bloye Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Julien Bloye, who arrived in Montreal in 1659

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloye (post 1700) +

  • William James Bloye (1890-1975), English sculptor, probably best known for his bronze statue of Queen Victoria at Victoria Square, Birmingham, England


The Bloye Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus sola felicitas
Motto Translation: Virtue is the only happiness


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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