The Bleddyn surname is derived from the Welsh
word "blaidd," meaning "wolf."
Early Origins of the Bleddyn family
The surname Bleddyn was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
on the Welsh
border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales
was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans
met more resistance from the Welsh
than in the rest of England
. The Welsh
fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales
upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales
as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales
were presented to the Welsh
people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh
surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1063 when Blethyn, descended from Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, King of Powis or Bleddyn Broadspear, Lord of Llanhowell.
Early History of the Bleddyn family
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Bleddyn Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bleddyn, Blethin, Plethin, Blevin, Pleaden, Pleavin, Plevin, Plevey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bleddyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bleddyn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rose Plevin, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1665 and 1666; Francois Plevin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720; Thomas Plevey, who settled in America sometime between 1760 and 1765.