In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Blannerhasset surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They 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 Blannerhasset family
The surname Blannerhasset 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 Blannerhasset family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blannerhasset 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 Blannerhasset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blannerhasset Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. Blannerhasset has appeared as Blennerhasset, Blennerhassett, Blenerhasset, Blenner, Hassett, Hassetts and many more.
Early Notables of the Blannerhasset 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 Blannerhasset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blannerhasset family to Ireland
Some of the Blannerhasset family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 205 words (15 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 Blannerhasset family to the New World and Oceana
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England
in the American War of Independence
. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Blannerhasset family in North America: William Blennerhassett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; Joseph Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1879; Wendolin Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1861.
The Blannerhasset 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.