The Blanerhassett family name comes from a place name that was first used among the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland
in the Middle Ages. The Blanerhassett name comes from someone having lived in Cumberland
, on the Borderlands between Scotland
. As the name is made up of the elements blen,
which means hill and hey
which means shelter, the name was often broken up. In other words, entries were sometimes for the entire name say, Blenarhassett
and other times just Hassett.
Early Origins of the Blanerhassett family
The surname Blanerhassett was first found in Cumberland
, where their early family seats were at Blenerhasset and Flimby Hall. One of the earliest records of the name appeared on a census taken in that county during the reign of King Richard II (1367-c.1400) where Thomas Blennerhasset was found in Carlisle. Of interest is a note in the Feet of Fines that Thomas Bleverhasset was appointed rector of Hardingham, county Norfolk
at the age of 11, by the Pope's dispensation. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blanerhassett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanerhassett research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1741, 1821, 1809, 1652, 1712, 1692, 1695, 1703, 1687, 1758 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Blanerhassett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blanerhassett Spelling Variations
Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations
in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Blanerhassett has appeared Blennerhasset, Blennerhassett, Blenerhasset, Blenner, Hassett, Hassetts and many more.
Early Notables of the Blanerhassett family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Rowland Blennerhasset, 1st Baronet
(1741-1821), a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom in the County of Kerry. It... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blanerhassett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blanerhassett family to Ireland
Some of the Blanerhassett family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Blanerhassett family to the New World and Oceana
The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence
. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Blanerhassett family came to North America quite early: William Blennerhassett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; Joseph Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1879; Wendolin Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1861.
The Blanerhassett 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: Fortes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.