Show ContentsBlege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Blege is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with dark hair or complexion. The surname Blege is a variant of the name Black. [1]

Early Origins of the Blege family

The surname Blege was first found in Kent, where this distinguished family were originally seated at Wallingford Castle in that county. Their early history was associated with the celebrated Earl of Godolphin.

Early History of the Blege family

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Blege Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blege were recorded, including Blagg, Blague, Blagge, Blage, Blag, Blaggue and others.

Early Notables of the Blege family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Blage or Blagge (d. 1522?), an English judge, who was of a Suffolk family, and was son of Stephen Blagge of Broke Montague in Somersetshire. "He was a commissioner of sewers in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in 1515, in Middlesex, Essex, and Hertfordshire in 1516, and in Kent in 1517. On 6 May 1518 he is found appointed to be guardian of William, son and heir of George Carleton. He was still acting as surveyor of crown lands on 29 Nov. 1520 and 21 March 1522. In May 1520, being seized of the manor of...
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Migration of the Blege family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Blege family emigrate to North America: David Blagg who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Blagg settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1760.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print on Facebook