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Early Origins of the Blean family
Derbyshire where the name is a metonymic occupational name for an iron worker from the Middle English "blome" meaning an ingot of iron. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8) By extension, the name was derived from "the bloomer," a worker at a bloomery, or bloom-smithy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Another reference is more specific: " a 'bloom' is a mass of iron that has gone a second time through the fire - Anglo Saxon bloma; and bloomary, hence probably a Bloomer was a person employed in the manufacture of iron." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. One of the first records of the name was found in Derbyshire in 1202 when William Blomere was listed in Pipe Rolls at that time. The Assize Rolls of Staffordshire list Robert le Blomere there in 1279. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Blomer, smyth and Johannes Blomere. Later Henry Blewmer and William Blumer were both listed in Yorkshire in 1513 and 1515. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blean family
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Blean Spelling Variations
Blean has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Blomer, Bloomer, Bloomar, Bloomere, Blomere, Blome and many more.
Early Notables of the Blean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blean family to Ireland
Some of the Blean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blean family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bleans to arrive on North American shores:
Blean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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