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Multiple Origins for the Surname Blain


Scottish


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.

Blain Early Origins



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.

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Blain Spelling Variations


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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.

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Blain Early History


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Blain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blain research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1660, and 1674 are included under the topic Early Blain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blain In Ireland


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Blain In Ireland



Some of the Blain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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

Blain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Blain settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Robert Blain, aged 29, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Thomas Blain, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Blain, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • John Blain settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Blain, who landed in Canada in 1820

Blain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Blain, aged 48, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blain (post 1700)



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

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Blain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blain 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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