The ancestors of the Blenarhasset family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in Cumberland
, on the Borderlands between Scotland
. As the name is made up of the elements blen,
which means hill and hey
which means shelter, the name was often broken up. In other words, entries were sometimes for the entire name say, Blenarhassett
and other times just Hassett.
Early Origins of the Blenarhasset family
The surname Blenarhasset was first found in Cumberland
, where their early family seats were at Blenerhasset and Flimby Hall. One of the earliest records of the name appeared on a census taken in that county during the reign of King Richard II (1367-c.1400) where Thomas Blennerhasset was found in Carlisle. Of interest is a note in the Feet of Fines that Thomas Bleverhasset was appointed rector of Hardingham, county Norfolk
at the age of 11, by the Pope's dispensation. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blenarhasset family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blenarhasset research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1741, 1821, 1809, 1652, 1712, 1692, 1695, 1703, 1687, 1758 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Blenarhasset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blenarhasset Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Blenarhasset has been recorded as Blennerhasset, Blennerhassett, Blenerhasset, Blenner, Hassett, Hassetts and many more.
Early Notables of the Blenarhasset family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Rowland Blennerhasset, 1st Baronet
(1741-1821), a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom in the County of Kerry. It... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blenarhasset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blenarhasset family to Ireland
Some of the Blenarhasset family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 205 words (15 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 Blenarhasset family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Blenarhasset name: William Blennerhassett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; Joseph Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1879; Wendolin Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1861.
The Blenarhasset Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.