Blanchfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Blanchfield family

The surname Blanchfield was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in Devon.

Early History of the Blanchfield family

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Blanchfield Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blanchfield family name include Blanchfield, Blanchfeild, Blankfield, Blanckfield, Blanchville and many more.

Early Notables of the Blanchfield family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Blanchfield family to Ireland

Some of the Blanchfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Blanchfield migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blanchfield surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Blanchfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Blanchfield, a bonded emigrant, who arrived in America in 1769
Blanchfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Oliver Blanchfield, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Stephen Blanchfield, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Stephen Blanchfield, who arrived in New York city in 1815
  • Thomas Blanchfield, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Thomas Blanchfield, aged 28, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Blanchfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blanchfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Blanchfield, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer" [2]
  • William Blanchfield, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [2]

New Zealand Blanchfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blanchfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Blanchfield, British settler, from Ireland travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blanchfield (post 1700) +

  • Michael Blanchfield (1950-1969), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for combat actions during the Vietnam War
  • Florence Aby Blanchfield (1882-1971), American Army Nurse Corps, and the first woman to be commissioned in the regular army of the USA
  • Peter Blanchfield, Irish sportsperson
  • Patrick Blanchfield MBE (1911-1980), Labour Member of the Parliament of New Zealand for Westland and the West Coast (1972-1978)

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook
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