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The illustrious surname Blay finds its origin in the rocky, seaswept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Blay is a nickname type of surname for a gentle or merry person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blide, of the same meaning.

Blay Early Origins



The surname Blay was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where the name could also have been derived from the Cornish "blyth" as in blyth wolf. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

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Blay Spelling Variations


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Blay Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bligh, Blighe, Bly, Blye and others.

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Blay Early History


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Blay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blay research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1687, 1728, 1725, 1654, 1710, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1699, 1703, 1710, 1687 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Blay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blay In Ireland


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Blay In Ireland



Some of the Blay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Blay, or a variant listed above:

Blay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jame Blay, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Eliz Blay, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Mary Blay, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Edward Blay, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Blay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A P Blay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Samuel Blay, who arrived in Arkansas in 1898

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blay (post 1700)



  • Andre Blay, American businessman, film producer, and studio executive, former CEO of 20th Century Fox Video and Embassy Home Entertainment
  • J. Benibengor Blay (b. 1915), Ghanaian journalist, writer, publisher and politician
  • George Blay (b. 1980), former Ghanaian footballer, member of the Ghana National Team (2000-2002)
  • Edward "Eddie" Blay (1937-2006), Ghanaian boxer in the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics, two-time Commonwealth Games champion (1962 and 1966)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Blay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blay 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.

This page was last modified on 25 November 2016 at 04:40.

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