The birthplace of the surname Bleigh is Cornwall
, a rugged peninsula in southwestern England
that is noted for its strong Gaelic traditions. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The process by which hereditary surnames
came to be used is intriguing. As the number of inhabitants of Europe swelled, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify them. Under the Feudal
System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Although nickname
surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Bleigh is a nickname type of surname for a gentle or merry person
. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blide,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Bleigh family
The surname Bleigh was first found in Cornwall
, where the name could also have been derived from the Cornish "blyth" as in blyth wolf. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early History of the Bleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleigh research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1687, 1728, 1725, 1654, 1710, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1699, 1703, 1710, 1687 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Bleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bleigh Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bligh, Blighe, Bly, Blye and others.
Early Notables of the Bleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Bleigh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bleigh family to the New World and Oceana
Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Bleigh surname were:
Bleigh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Fredrick Bleigh, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)