Blashford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Blashford belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in one of two places called Blackford, both in the county of Somerset. One was a parish near Wincanton, while the other was a chapelry in the parish of Wedmore, near Axbridge. The name is derived from black ford, indicating a dark place in which there was a river crossing.

Early Origins of the Blashford family

The surname Blashford was first found in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Blashford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blashford research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1695 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Blashford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blashford Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blashford include Blachford, Blatchford and others.

Early Notables of the Blashford family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Blashford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Blashford family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blashford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Stephen Blatchford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1826; Reverend Samuel Blatchford of Devonport in Devonshire, settled in Lansingburgh New York in 1795.



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