The forefathers of the Blenerhasset family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland
in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Blenerhasset surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone 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 Blenerhasset family
The surname Blenerhasset 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 Blenerhasset family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blenerhasset 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 Blenerhasset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blenerhasset Spelling Variations
Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations
of the name Blenerhasset include Blennerhasset, Blennerhassett, Blenerhasset, Blenner, Hassett, Hassetts and many more.
Early Notables of the Blenerhasset 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 Blenerhasset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blenerhasset family to Ireland
Some of the Blenerhasset 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 Blenerhasset family to the New World and Oceana
In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence
provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan
societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Blenerhasset or a variant listed above: William Blennerhassett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; Joseph Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1879; Wendolin Blenner arrived in Philadelphia in 1861.
The Blenerhasset 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.