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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Blandford surname lived in the region of Blandford. Further research revealed that the name is derived from ford where gudgeons abound around the county of Dorset.

Blandford Early Origins



The surname Blandford was first found in Dorset where they have held a family seat from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Blandford Spelling Variations


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Blandford Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Blandford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Blandford include: Blandford, Blandeford, Blanford and others.

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Blandford Early History


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Blandford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blandford research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1675, 1662, 1665 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Blandford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blandford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blandford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blandford 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blandford or a variant listed above:

Blandford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Blandford settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1620
  • John Blandford, who landed in New England in 1641
  • John Blandford settled in Jamaica in 1684
  • Alexander Blandford settled in New England in 1699

Blandford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Blandford, aged 22, a house maid, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Blandford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emily Blandford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Maud Blandford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Rosa Blandford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • George Blandford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Eliza Blandford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blandford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blandford (post 1700)



  • Robert L. Blandford, American politician, American Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1952
  • Robert Heinz Blandford (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1954; Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Kent County 1st District, 1961-62
  • Douglas Blandford, American politician, Mayor of Rockville, Maryland, 1932-46
  • Donald J. Blandford, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 14th District, 1968-83
  • Mark Harden Blandford (1826-1902), American soldier, politician, Representative from Georgia in the Confederate Congress (1864-65) and a Justice of Georgia State Supreme Court (1872)
  • Heinz Blandford (b. 1919), American politician
  • Roger Blandford, American astronomer and astrophysicist, recipient of numerous awards including Helen B. Warner Prize (1982), Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1988), and the Eddington Medal (1999)
  • Hugh Francis Blandford (1917-1981), English chess endgame composer from Southampton
  • Sidney Dara Blandford (1868-1929), Newfoundland lawyer and politician who represented Bonavista in the Legislative Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1904 to 1913, son of Samuel Blandford
  • Samuel Blandford (1840-1909), Newfoundland sealing captain and politician who represented Bonavista Bay in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1889 to 1893, brother of Darius Blandford
  • ... (Another 3 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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    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. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Blandford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blandford 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.

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