Bladwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Bladwell family

The surname Bladwell was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. The surnames Bladwell, Blodwell, and Blodget are believed to be derived from the Welsh surname Lloyd which settled in this border county in the 12th and 12th centuries.

Important Dates for the Bladwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bladwell research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1982, 1177, 1449, 1560, 1455, 1487, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Bladwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bladwell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bladwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Bladwell, Bladwall, Blodwell, Blodwall, Bladwel, Blodwal, Blodgett and many more.

Early Notables of the Bladwell family (pre 1700)

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Bladwell migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bladwell or a variant listed above:

Bladwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Bladwell, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Simon Bladwell, who arrived in West Indies in 1680 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bladwell (post 1700)

  • William Bladwell, Australian Labour political candidate for Goulburn, New South Wales in 1947, 1956 and 1959
  • Commander William Bladwell, British Naval officer, commander of HMS Swift (1741)
  • Peter Raymond Bladwell, Australian founder of PRB, an Australian builder of Clubman-style sportscars in 1978

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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