Show ContentsBladon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bladon surname lived in Bladon, a parish, in the union of Woodstock, hundred of Wootton, in Oxfordshire. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Bladon family

The surname Bladon 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. [3]

Early History of the Bladon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bladon 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 Bladon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bladon 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 Bladon 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 Bladon include: Bladen, Bladon and others.

Early Notables of the Bladon 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Bladon family to Ireland

Some of the Bladon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bladon family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Bladon or a variant listed above: William Bladen who settled in Virginia in 1774; William Bladen who was Commissary-General of Maryland in 1718; and Thomas Bladen, Royal Governor of Maryland, 1742-1745..

The Bladon 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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Lower, 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) on Facebook