Show ContentsBlagg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Blagg surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with dark hair or complexion. The surname Blagg is a variant of the name Black. [1]

Early Origins of the Blagg family

The surname Blagg was first found in Kent, where this distinguished family were originally seated at Wallingford Castle in that county. Their early history was associated with the celebrated Earl of Godolphin.

Early History of the Blagg family

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Blagg 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 Blagg 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 Blagg include: Blagg, Blague, Blagge, Blage, Blag, Blaggue and others.

Early Notables of the Blagg family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Robert Blage or Blagge (d. 1522?), an English judge, who was of a Suffolk family, and was son of Stephen Blagge of Broke Montague in Somersetshire. "He was a commissioner of sewers in Cambridgeshire a...
  • Sir George Blagge (1512-1551) was an English courtier, politician, soldier and a minor poet. He was the Member of Parliament for Bedford from 1545 to 1547, and Westminster from 1547 to 1551, during th...
  • Colonel Thomas Blagge (1613-1660), was an English soldier and supporter of Charles I in the English Civil War. He came from Horningsheath, Suffolk, and was Groom of the Chamber to Charles I. From 1642...

Blagg Ranking

In the United States, the name Blagg is the 11,407th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Blagg migration to the United States +

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 Blagg or a variant listed above:

Blagg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Blagg, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1643 [3]
  • John Blagg, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • David Blagg, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [3]
  • Edward Blagg, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [3]
Blagg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Blagg, who settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1760

Australia Blagg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blagg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Blagg, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blagg (post 1700) +

  • James William Blagg, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1996 [5]
  • Edward Blagg (1918-1976), English cricketer
  • Mary Adela Blagg (1858-1944), English astronomer, eponym of the lunar Blagg crater [6]
  • Max Blagg (b. 1949), British-born poet, writer, and performer


  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. Mary Blagg. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Mary Blagg. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Adela_Blagg


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