Blatch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Blatch come from its first bearer, who was a person associated with the color black. The name Blatch may have referred to someone with black hair or clothing, or to somone who worked in a profession such as chimney sweeping, which left its practitioners covered in soot.
Early Origins of the Blatch family
The surname Blatch was first found in Lincolnshire 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. It is said that the first family of Black were converted to Christianity by Paulinus, the head of the family being Prefect of Lincoln, about 628. They moved northward, however, and were well established in Scotland by 1175 A.D.
Early History of the Blatch family
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Blatch Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blatch has been spelled many different ways, including Black, Blacke and others.
Early Notables of the Blatch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blatch family to Ireland
Some of the Blatch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Blatch migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Blatch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Frederick Blatch, aged 40, a gardener, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848 
- Sarah Mercy Blatch, aged 40, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848 
- Thomas H. J. Blatch, aged 14, a gardener, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848 
- Alfred Blatch, aged 12, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848 
- Ann Caroline Blatch, aged 10, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Blatch (post 1700) ||+|
- Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (1883-1971), American civil engineer, architect, and suffragist 
- Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch (1856-1940), American writer and suffragist 
- Harriot Stanton Blatch, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 8th District, 1922 
- Helen Blatch, British actress
- Emily Blatch (1937-2005), Baroness Blatch, a British politician