Bladen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Bladen comes from when the family resided in Bladon, a parish, in the union of Woodstock, hundred of Wootton, in Oxfordshire.  
Early Origins of the Bladen family
The surname Bladen was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included some of the first records of the family. Walter de Bladone, Agnes de Bladene and Hugh de Bladene were all listed in the rolls as holding lands there at that time. 
Early History of the Bladen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bladen research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1780, 1742, 1747, 1680, 1746, 1696, 1697, 1746 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Bladen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bladen Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bladen include Bladen, Bladon and others.
Early Notables of the Bladen family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Colonel Bladen, Lord Justice of Ireland; and Sir Thomas Bladen (1698-1780), American politician and the 19th Proprietary Governor of Maryland from 1742 to 1747.
Martin Bladen (1680-1746), was an English soldier and politician, the son of Nathaniel Bladen of Hemsworth, Yorkshire. "He is said to have passed a short time at a small private school in the country with...
Migration of the Bladen family to Ireland
Some of the Bladen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Bladen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bladen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.