Blain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Blain comes from Scottish naming traditions. The ancestors of the surname lived among the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Bleen, which means yellow. It was also the name of an early Celtic saint.

Early Origins of the Blain family

The surname Blain was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Blain family

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Blain Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Blain has been spelled Blain, Blane, Blaine, Blaines, Blahan and others.

Early Notables of the Blain family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Blain family to Ireland

Some of the Blain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blain migration to the United States +

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Blain or a variant listed above:

Blain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Blain who settled in New York in 1774
  • Leonard Blain, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
Blain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Blain, who settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Robert Blain, aged 29, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas Blain, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Andrew Blain, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • John Blain, who settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Blain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Louis Blain, son of François and Jeanne, who married Marguerite Lumineau, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Rivière-Ouelle,  Quebec on 15th April 1709 [2]
  • Louis Blain, son of Louis and Marguerite, who married Marie-Josephte Petit, daughter of Nicolas and Marie-Michelle, in Boucherville, Quebec on 25th October 1745 [2]
Blain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Blain, who landed in Canada in 1820

New Zealand Blain migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Blain, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Blain (post 1700) +

  • William W. Blain, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 15th District, 1945-48 [3]
  • William W. Blain, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1912 [3]
  • Tony Blain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [3]
  • T. P. Blain, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 36th District, 1905-06 [3]
  • Samuel Blain, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1830 [3]
  • Roger A. Blain, American politician, Representative from California 14th District, 1974 [3]
  • Richard K. Blain, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1996 [3]
  • Ralph P. Blain, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Canaan, 1938 [3]
  • Jay Blain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1996 [3]
  • Bethune D. Blain, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 [3]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Blain 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: Paritur pax bello
Motto Translation: Peace is obtained by war.


  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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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