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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."

Blais Early Origins



The surname Blais was first found in Languedoc.

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Blais Spelling Variations


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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.

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Blais Early History


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Blais Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blais research. Another 236 words (17 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.

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Blais Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blais Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blais Notables 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



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 Ameri ca. 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, landed in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • C M F Blais, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L. B. Blais, who settled in San Francisco in 1856
  • Eugene Blais, who settled in the parish of Sainte Petronille in 1874

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blais (post 1700)


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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
  • 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.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    11. ...

    The Blais Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blais 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 10 September 2016 at 20:47.

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