The surname is one of the oldest family names to come 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 Blaize family
The surname Blaize was first found in Languedoc.
This ancient family is recorded in 1459 when Robert de Blay was the Municipal Magistrate of Toulouse. His noble descendant, Philippe, was the Gentleman of the Chamber and personal bodyguard to the Duke of Orléans (Louis XII). Throughout the centuries, this family prospered and branched to several provinces where members of this celebrated family became prominent citizens holding titles and estates. Recorded in 1600, Raymond Blay settled at Perpignan where his son became consul in 1675 and was mentioned in the register of the Church of la Réal.
Due to their prominent position in society, this family formed many alliances with other leading families of the times and in this way, the family acquired many titles and lands. Among the more important alliances were the marriages between Antoine Blay and Candide de Vilar, June 18, 1707, and Jean Blay and Mathilde de Gaïx in 1844. The family acquired the castle of Gaïx from this marriage. Their son, Gabriel, received permission to continue the Gaïx name, but the House of Richard Ble acquired the barony of Gaïx in 1719.
Pierre Blais, born in 1639, son of Mathurin and Françoise, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Anne Perrot, born in 1643, daughter of Jean and Jeanne (née Valta), at Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans on 12th October 1669. He married again on 5th June 1689 to Elisabeth Royer, daughter of Jean and Marie (née Targer). They remained together in Quebec until Pierre passed away at Saint-Jean-de-l'île-d'Orléans in 1669. CITATION[CLOSE]
Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
Early History of the Blaize family
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Blaize Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Blaize is distinguished by a number of regional variations. 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 Blaize family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaize family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Blaize were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Blaize were
Blaize Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M. Blaize is recorded in San Francisco, California during the Great Gold Rush
Contemporary Notables of the name Blaize (post 1700)
- Richard Beale Blaize (1845-1904), West African businessman, newspaper publisher, financier, and black nationalist
- Immodesty Blaize, born Kelly Fletcher, a famous British burlesque dancer from Hitchin, Hertfordshire whose stage name is an allusion to the character Modesty Blaise in the British comic strip
- Tommy Blaize (b. 1963), British vocalist, composer, pianist, and guitarist, lead singer on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing
- Herbert Augustus Blaize (1918-1989), Grenadian politician and leader of the Grenada National Party, 6th Prime Minister of Grenada (1984-1989)
- Christian Blaize Hackenberg (b. 1995), American football quarterback for the New York Jets (2016–2017) and the Oakland Raiders (2018)
- Gilbert Blaize Rego (1921-2012), Indian Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
- Blaize Punter (b. 1996), Antigua and Barbudan international footballer, member of the Antigua and Barbuda National Team (2016-)
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- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print