Blann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the ancient name Blann belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Blethyn.

Early Origins of the Blann family

The surname Blann was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Blann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blann research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1430, 1577, 1795, 1523, 1595, 1577, 1573, 1762, 1838, 1770, 1884, 1770, 1621 and are included under the topic Early Blann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blann Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Blann have included Blayney, Blainey, Blaney, Blany, Blaney, Blainay, Blanay, Blaynay, Bleiney and many more.

Early Notables of the Blann family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Blann family to Ireland

Some of the Blann family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 172 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blann migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Blann:

Blann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dorothy Blann, aged 10, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Isabella Blann, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Jane Blann, aged 11, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Winifred Blann, aged 26, who immigrated to America from London, in 1905
  • Ernest Adolphus Blann, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Blann migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Blann (post 1700) +

  • James Blann, American Camerimage Award winning cinematographer, known for Feel Good (2020-2021)
  • Jimmy Blann, American actor and martial arts teacher, nicknamed Kyoshi Jimmy "The Jet" Blann
  • Norman Blann Rice (b. 1943), American politician who served as the 49th mayor of Seattle, Washington

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth A F Blann (b. 1917), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [2]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Eustace Horatius Blann (d. 1912), aged 21, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 11th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clara)
  2. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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