Blands History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Blands name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at Bland in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Probably "an Anglo-Saxon personal name with the usual local suffix dropped. [cp. Old English blandan, to blend; and the derived blanden-feax, 'having mixed-coloured or grey hair.'] " 
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 " 
"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Bland,' one of the four hamlets of which the town of Sedburgh (Yorkshire) is comprised. It is not a complimentary nickname, but distinctly local." 
"The Blands of Kippax, at a very early period, resided at and gave name to Bland's Gill, co. York." 
Early Origins of the Blands family
The surname Blands 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. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes de Bland; Adam de Bland; Matilda Bland, 1379; and Wymerk de Bland. 
Important Dates for the Blands family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blands research. Another 176 words (13 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, 1563, 1604, 1563, 1681, 1712, 1629, 1671, 1653, 1663, 1700, 1693, 1665, 1720, 1686, 1763 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Blands History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blands Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blands were recorded, including Bland, Blands and others.
Early Notables of the Blands 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 Park (1662-1668); Sir John Bland, 4th Baronet of Kippax Park (1663-1715); and Sir John Bland, 5th Baronet of Kippax Park (1691-1743), Member of Parliament for Lancashire (1713-1727.)
Tobias Bland (1563?-1604), English divine, born in or about 1563, matriculated as a sizar of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.
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Migration of the Blands family to Ireland
Some of the Blands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blands family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Blands family emigrate to North America: 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.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)