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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.

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The surname Blagg was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blagg research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1613, 1660, 1592 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Blagg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blagg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • John Blagg, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • David Blagg who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • David Blagg, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Edward Blagg, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Blagg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Blagg settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1760

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


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  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Blagg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blagg 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.

This page was last modified on 22 March 2016 at 18:58.

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