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The ancient history of the Blanford name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the region of Blandford. Further research revealed that the name is derived from ford where gudgeons abound around the county of Dorset.

Blanford Early Origins



The surname Blanford 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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Blanford Spelling Variations


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Blanford 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 Blanford include Blandford, Blandeford, Blanford and others.

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Blanford Early History


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Blanford Early History



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

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Blanford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blanford Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



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 Blanford or a variant listed above:

Blanford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Blanford, aged 27, landed in America in 1638
  • Thomas Blanford, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Blanford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Blanford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Edward Blanford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Blanford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Blanford, aged 49, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Catherine Blanford, aged 45, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • William Blanford, aged 25, a stoker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • John Blanford, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Caroline Blanford, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanford (post 1700)



  • W. C. Blanford, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 28th District, 1975
  • Mark H. Blanford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1876
  • William Thomas Blanford (1832-1905), English geologist and naturalist, eponym of numerous animals and birds, editor of The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma
  • Henry Francis Blanford (1834-1893), British meteorologist and paleontologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    11. ...

    The Blanford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanford 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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