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Blade is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Blade family once lived in Yorkshire, where they settled in a place called Blades, which is now lost. Many of the place-names that yield surnames are of small communities, villages and hamlets and some of these no longer exist. The family claim descent from Drago de Bewere, a Danish nobleman who settled at a place called Blades in north England around 1016. He obtained extensive land grants which were recorded in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086. The variant Burseblades emerged through a compounding of the names of the founder and the estate.

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The surname Blade was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blade family name include Blades, Blade, Blate, Blait, Blayde, Blaide, Blaydes, Blaites, Blaits, Blaides and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blade research. Another 340 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1297 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Blade History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Blade Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blade surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Blade Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Timothy Blade who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Timothy Blade, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Waiter Blade, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Blade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Blade, who arrived in New York in 1837

Blade Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Henry Blade U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 166 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York

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The Blade Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blade Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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