Early Origins of the Blaise family
The surname Blaise was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history strongly penetrated English society after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
The family name was first referenced in the 11th century in Yorkshire when they held estates in that shire. Robert Blaise succeeded in 1272. They are believed to be originally from Blay, 3 miles north east of Le Molay in Calvados.
The name may have been associated with a 4th century (316) French saint Blasius of Armenie (Armienes,) and later introduced into and adopted by Yorkshire people as their saint of wool-combers from a Norman noble.
"David Blaize" is a novel of school life by English author Edward Frederic Benson OBE. Published in 1916, it was quickly followed up by a second, entitled "David Blaize and the Blue Door" in 1918. The final novel of the trilogy was "David of King's" in 1924, but as to why the author chose the surname "Blaise" for the character for these novels remains a mystery.
Early History of the Blaise family
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Blaise Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Blaise, Blaize, Blaze, Blasey, Blease, Bleas, Blase, Blays, Blayze, Blazey, Blazer and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaise family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaise family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Blaise or a variant listed above:
Blaise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lrig Blaise, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans La in 1826 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)
- Germain Blaise, son of Jean and Jeanne, married Marie-Angélique Daudelin, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Verchères, Quebec on 26th January 1761 CITATION[CLOSE]
Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
Contemporary Notables of the name Blaise (post 1700)
- Kerlin Blaise (b. 1974), former American football guard who with the Detroit Lions from 1998 to 2003
- Clark Blaise OC (b. 1940), American-born, Canadian author, perhaps best known for his 1979 novel, Lunar Attractions, winner of the 1980 Books in Canada First Novel Award
- Serge Moléon Blaise (b. 1951), Haitian painter, brother of Fabolon and Saint-Louis Blaise
- Pierre-Marc Blaise (1952-1955), French film actor who was killed in a car accident in 1975
- Marie-Joseph Blaise de Chénier (1764-1811), French poet, dramatist and politician
- Fabolon Blaise (1959-1985), Haitian painter
- Tara Blaise (b. 1975), Irish singer
- Saint-Louis Blaise (1956-1995), Haitian painter
- Saint Blaise, Armenian physician and bishop of Sebaste (Sivas)
- Francis Blaise Gillie, Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Blaise Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)
- ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.