Blate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Blate name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire, where they settled in a place called Blades, which is now lost. Many of the place-names that yield surnames are of small communities, villages and hamlets and some of these no longer exist. The family claim descent from Drago de Bewere, a Danish nobleman who settled at a place called Blades in north England around 1016. He obtained extensive land grants which were recorded in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086. The variant Burseblades emerged through a compounding of the names of the founder and the estate.

Early Origins of the Blate family

The surname Blate was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Blate family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blate research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1297 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Blate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blate Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blate were recorded, including Blades, Blade, Blate, Blait, Blayde, Blaide, Blaydes, Blaites, Blaits, Blaides and many more.

Early Notables of the Blate family (pre 1700)

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

Blate migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Blate family emigrate to North America:

Blate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Blate, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
Blate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Blate, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • A. J. Blate, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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