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
. 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 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.
Early History of the Blands family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blands 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 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... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blands Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blands family to Ireland
Some of the Blands 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 Blands family to the New World and Oceana
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.
The Blands 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.