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Blais History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname is one of the oldest family names to came from that French region known as Languedoc.It is derived from the personal name Blaise. As such, it means "son of Blaise."


Early Origins of the Blais family


The surname Blais was first found in Languedoc.

Early History of the Blais family


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Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1600, 1675, 1707, 1719, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Blais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blais Spelling Variations


There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Blais, Blaies, Blay, Blaise, de Blais, de Blaies, de Blaise, Blaize, Blaison, Blaisot and many more.

Early Notables of the Blais family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Blais family to the New World and Oceana


France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Blais has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Blais were

Blais Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Blais, who settled in the parish of Sainte-Famille in 1669

Blais Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre and François Blais, who settled in the parish of St. François in 1720

Blais Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lrig Blais, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1826 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • C M F Blais, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • L. B. Blais, who settled in San Francisco in 1856
  • Eugene Blais, who settled in the parish of Sainte Petronille in 1874
  • Antoine Blais, son of Jacques and Louise-Angélique, married Marie-Agathe Alary, daughter of Jean and Louise, in Pointe-du-Lac, Quebec on 19th August 1747 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Antoine Blais, son of Antoine and Jeanne, married Marie Chartier, daughter of Michel and Marie-Anne, in Berthier, Quebec on 12th November 1731 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Antoine Blais, son of Antoine and Jeanne, married Marie-Anne Corriveau, daughter of Jean and Françoise, in Saint-Vallier, Quebec on 29th October 1743 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Antoine Blais, son of Pierre and Anne, married Ambroise Fournier, daughter of Nicolas and Marie, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 10th February 1716 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Charles Blais, son of Louis and Marguerite, married Marie Desmoulins, daughter of Michel and Judith, in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec on 17th May 1751 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blais Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Blais, who settled with his wife, Elisabeth, in the parish of Saint-Laurent in 1899

Blais Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Joseph-Adelard Blais, who settled with his wife, Philomène, in Saint-Pierre in 1904

Contemporary Notables of the name Blais (post 1700)


  • Dean Blais (b. 1951), American ice hockey coach
  • Christopher Blais (b. 1981), American rally racing rider
  • Richard Blais (b. 1972), American chef
  • Mathieu Blais (b. 1983), French footballer
  • Mimi Blais, French Canadian pianist, composer, and comedian
  • Isabelle Sophie Emilie Blais (b. 1975), Canadian film and television actress and singer from Trois-Rivières, Quebec
  • Aristide Blais (1875-1964), Canadian physician and senator
  • Brigadier Edmond Alfred Blais (b. 1892), Canadian District Officer Commanding 5th Military District from 1943 to 1945 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Edmond Blais. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Blais/Edmond_Alfred/Canada.html
  • Bernard Raymond Blais, American ophthalmologist and Naval Officer, Philadelphia
  • Pierre Blais (b. 1948), Canadian jurist, politician and Cabinet minister
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Blais family



USS Arizona

  • Mr. Albert Edward Blais, American Radioman Third Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking

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Citations


  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Edmond Blais. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Blais/Edmond_Alfred/Canada.html


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