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Bleany History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the ancient name Bleany belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Blethyn.

Early Origins of the Bleany family

The surname Bleany was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bleany family

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Bleany Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Bleany has occasionally been spelled Blayney, Blainey, Blaney, Blany, Blaney, Blainay, Blanay, Blaynay, Bleiney and many more.

Early Notables of the Bleany family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bleany family to Ireland

Some of the Bleany family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bleany family to the New World and Oceana

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bleany: Francis Blany, who settled in Virginia in 1674;Bernard, Daniel Dennis and Edward Blaney, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1798 and 1843; Edward Blany, who arrived in New York in 1823 with wife and two children.

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