The ancestors of the bearers of the Blandom family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at Bland in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. However, "the adjective bland, mild, gentle is, I think or insufficient antiquity to be the etymon. The Blands of Kippax, at a very early period, resided at and gave name to Bland's Gill, co. York " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Blandom family
The surname Blandom was first found in at Bland or Bland's Gill in the chapel of How Gill and the parish of Sedburg in Yorkshire
. One reference claims that name came from the hamlet of Blond. The earliest mention of the name was in 1132; where Richard, son of Hugh Bland of Disford was listed as benefactor relating to the Abbey of Foundations.
Early History of the Blandom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blandom research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1657, 1756, 1928, 1950, 1642, 1555, 1614, 1657, 1642, 1663, 1662, 1668, 1663, 1715, 1691, 1743, 1713, 1727, 1629, 1671, 1653, 1663, 1700, 1693, 1665, 1720, 1686 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Blandom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blandom Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blandom include Bland, Blands and others.
Early Notables of the Blandom family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Bland (died 12 July 1555) English Protestant clergyman and martyr, rector of Adesham, burnt at the stake; Sir Thomas Bland, 1st Baronet
of Kippax Park (1614-1657); Sir Francis Bland, 2nd Baronet
of Kippax Park (1642-1663); Sir Thomas Bland, 3rd Baronet
of Kippax... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blandom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blandom family to Ireland
Some of the Blandom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blandom family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blandom or a variant listed above: John Bland who settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1641; he married Joanna by whom he had two daughters; Anne Bland settled in Barbados in 1682; Edward Bland settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Blandom Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sperate et virite fortes
Motto Translation: Hope and live boldly.