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The surname Bleil may be derived from the Old High German "Pluwil" or the Middle High German "Bliuwel" meaning a "stick" or "cudgel" perhaps suggesting a drumstick or pestle. The name may have been assigned to the bearer as a nickname for a stick-like figure or one who fought with or carried a stick. Or the name could have been given due to an occupation, such as one who used such sticks, perhaps a miller, or one who cut and sold sticks. Alternatively, the surname Bleil may be derived from the Old High German "blao" meaning "blue" and probably would have been given as a nickname for any variety of reasons. The element "blao" also appears in a number of forenames such as Blauhart and Blawo, and in place names such as Plawen and Plaue. Therefore the surname may also be patronymic, indicating the son of Blawo, or toponymic, from the name of the place where the bearer once lived. The name Bleil, can be found in compound names such as Pleuefisch, meaning "fishing rod." The consonants "p" and "b" are phonetically very similar in the German language. This makes them often interchangeable, and so the surname Bleil can appear with either a "P" or a "B."

Bleil Early Origins



The surname Bleil was first found in Bavaria, and other Upper German lands, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Records of the surname Bleil date back to the early 14th Century, when Johann Blaue was recorded in 1302, a Flahsblüwel in 1318 in Freiburg, a Wescheplewel in 1363 in Nuremburg, Haintz Blaewli in 1391 in Klosters, and Stephen Pleul in 1409 in Moravia.

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Bleil Spelling Variations


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Bleil Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Plewe, Plewes, Pleul, Pleuer, Bleuer, Bleuwer, Pleuler, Bleuler, Plaul, Plahl, Bleil, Bleyle and many more.

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Bleil Early History


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Bleil Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleil research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1797, 1800, 1758, 1823, 1788, 1792 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Bleil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bleil Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bleil Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Bleil in this period include the Bleul family of Salzburg and Bavaria, of whom Johann Heinrich Bleul belonged; he would serve as court secretary to Leopold II and as a Field Marshall during the Napoleonic Wars. He was made a knight of the Holy Roman...

Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bleil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bleil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eberhard Ludwig Bleil, who landed in America in 1853
  • Louis Bleil, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Anna Bleil, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Anna Bleil, aged 19, who arrived in America from Niedersten, in 1893
  • Joseph Bleil, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1895

Bleil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Martin Bleil, aged 3, who arrived in America from Hamburg, in 1900
  • Emma Bleil, aged 23, who arrived in America from Hamburg, in 1900
  • Anton Bleil, aged 32, who arrived in America from Rixdorf, Germany, in 1910
  • Frederick Bleil, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Richard Bleil, aged 25, who arrived in America from Langeuhicken, Germany, in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bleil (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bleil (post 1700)



  • Varina Bleil, American producer, known for her work on Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Lost in Space (1998) and The Mighty (1998)
  • Maria Bleil, American Assistant Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Bleil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bleil Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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