Origins Available: English
The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Bledge come from its first bearer, who was a person with dark hair or complexion. The surname Bledge is a variant of the name Black.
Early Origins of the Bledge family
The surname Bledge was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bledge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bledge research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1613, 1660, 1592 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Bledge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bledge Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bledge has been spelled many different ways, including Blagg, Blague, Blagge, Blage, Blag, Blaggue and others.
Early Notables of the Bledge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bledge family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bledges to arrive in North America: David Blagg who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Blagg settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1760.