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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Blatchford surname 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.

Blatchford Early Origins



The surname Blatchford 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.

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Blatchford Spelling Variations


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Blatchford 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 Blatchford 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. The variations of the name Blatchford include: Blachford, Blatchford and others.

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Blatchford Early History


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Blatchford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blatchford research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1695 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Blatchford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blatchford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blatchford Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Blatchford or a variant listed above:

Blatchford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Blatchford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1826

Blatchford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Reverend Samuel Blatchford of Devonport in Devonshire, settled in Lansingburgh New York in 1795

Blatchford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Blatchford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • James Blatchford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Blight Blatchford, aged Caroline, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Jane Blatchford, aged 46, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Ellen Blatchford, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blatchford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blatchford (post 1700)



  • Samuel M. Blatchford (1820-1893), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1867-78; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1878-82; Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1882-93
  • Richard Milford Blatchford (1798-1875), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1855; U.S. Minister to Papal States, 1862; New York City Park Commissioner, 1872
  • James E. Blatchford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948
  • Edward W. Blatchford, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Jerusalem, 1932-43
  • Charles D. Blatchford, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 11th District, 1940, 1942
  • Carter Blatchford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 (alternate), 1932
  • Samuel Blatchford (1820-1893), American jurist who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1882 to 1893
  • Samuel Blatchford (1767-1828), first president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1824-1828)
  • Joseph Blatchford (b. 1934), director of the Peace Corps (1969-1971)
  • Edgar Blatchford, founder of Alaska Newspapers, Inc
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Blatchford Historic Events


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Blatchford Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick Joseph Blatchford, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Blatchford Family Crest Products


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Blatchford Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Blatchford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blatchford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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