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The ancestors of the name Blades date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Blades family 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.

Blades Early Origins



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

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Blades Spelling Variations


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Blades Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Blades are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Blades include: Blades, Blade, Blate, Blait, Blayde, Blaide, Blaydes, Blaites, Blaits, Blaides and many more.

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Blades Early History


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Blades Early History



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

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Blades Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blades Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blades Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blades or a variant listed above:

Blades Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Antony Blades settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Anto Blades, aged 24, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Nicholas Blades, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • William Blades, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • John and William Blades settled in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blades Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Christopher Blades U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Blades Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John M. Blades, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Jane Blades, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blades (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blades (post 1700)



  • Joan Blades (b. 1956), American co-founder of Berkeley Systems in 1987, a software company, best known for their After Dark screensavers featuring flying toasters
  • Brian Keith Blades (b. 1965), American NFL football wide receiver who played from 1988 to 1998 for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Horatio Benedict "Bennie" Blades Sr. (b. 1966), American former NFL football cornerback and safety who played from 1988 to 1997, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame (2006)
  • Francis Raymond Blades (1896-1979), American Major League Baseball left fielder, manager, coach and scout, active 1922 to 1932
  • Ray Blades, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1972
  • L. S. Blades Jr., American politician, Mayor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 1955-56
  • Franklin Blades, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1864
  • Anthony O. Blades, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Maryland State Senate 9th District, 1998
  • Jack Blades (b. 1954), American rock musician
  • William Blades (1824-1890), English printer and bibliographer in London
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Blades Historic Events


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Blades Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfred J Blades, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Blades Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Blades Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blades 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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