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The story of the name Blaine is long and rich in history. It begins among the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands where the name was derived from the Gaelic personal name Bleen, which means yellow. It was also the name of an early Celtic saint.

Blaine Early Origins



The surname Blaine 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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Blaine Spelling Variations


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Blaine Spelling Variations



Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Blaine has been spelled Blain, Blane, Blaine, Blaines, Blahan and others.

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Blaine Early History


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Blaine Early History



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

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Blaine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blaine Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Blaine In Ireland


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Blaine In Ireland



Some of the Blaine 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



Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Blaine or a variant listed above:

Blaine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Blaine who settled in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • James Blaine, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Charles Blaine settled in Philadelphia in 1799

Blaine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Blaine, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James Blaine settled in Philadelphia in 1876

Blaine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Blaine arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blaine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blaine (post 1700)



  • Nell Blair Walden Blaine (1922-1996), American landscape painter and watercolorist
  • Jerry Blaine (1910-1973), early American bandleader, label owner, record distributor, and singer
  • Colonel Ephraim Blaine (1741-1804), Irish-born, American Pennsylvania settler and officer, Commissary-General for the middle district of the Continental Army under General George Washington
  • Dr. Edward Homer "Ed" Blaine (b. 1940), American former offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers and former Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center Director with the University of Missouri
  • Daniel "Dan" Blaine (1891-1958), American professional football player for the Staten Island Stapletons from 1915 until 1924
  • Vivian Blaine (1921-1995), American singer and actress, best known for originating the role of Miss Adelaide in the musical theater production Guys and Dolls (1955) and for her role in the film version with Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra
  • John J. Blaine (1875-1934), American politician, United States Senator from Wisconsin (1927-1933) and 24th Governor of Wisconsin (1921-1927)
  • James Gillispie Blaine (1830-1893), American politician, U.S. Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-1892), great-grandson of Colonel Ephraim Blaine
  • David Blaine (b. 1973), born David Blaine White, an American illusionist and stunt performer
  • Hal Blaine (b. 1929), American drummer and session musician most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California and played on 6 consecutive Grammy winners, 1966-1971
  • ... (Another 14 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Blaine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blaine 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.

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