Blatcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Blatcher family
The surname Blatcher was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1305 when Robert le Blacchere held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Blatcher family
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Blatcher Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Blatcher are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Blatcher include: Blatcher, Bletcher, Bleacher, Bleaker, Blacher and many more.
Early Notables of the Blatcher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blatcher family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blatcher or a variant listed above: Richard Blecher, who landed in Virginia in 1702; John Jost Blecher, who landed in America in 1709; Johann Jost Blecher, who landed in America in 1709.