Blenkinsopp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Blenkinsopp is a habitational name from the village of Blenkinsop in Northumberland, about one mile from Greenhead. The ancient manor of Blenkinsop was held by the Blenkinsop family from the 13th century when they created a substantial tower house. A licence to build the manor was granted on May 6, 1340. A survey of 1541 reported the roof to be in decay and the tower not to be in good repair. Despite the poor repair, the family lived there for another two centuries but by 1832, the property was in disuse. About 1877 William Blenkinsop Coulson did a major restoration project which created a large mansion house but then sold the premises a few years later. A major fire in 1954 resulted in demolition of much of the estate. Today the home is still used but only portions thereof.
Early Origins of the Blenkinsopp family
The surname Blenkinsopp was first found in Northumberland, at Blenkinsopp, a township, in the parish and union of Haltwhistle, W. division of Tindale ward. "This has long been the property of the Blenkinsopp family. In 1399 'Thomas de Blencansopp' had a license to fortify his mansion: it occurs in the list of border castles about 1416."  "The castle there was the seat of the family, a race well remembered for their border feuds in olden times and designated as 'a right ancient and generous family.' " 
It is generally understood that the family "trace their descent from Richard Blenkinsoppe, grandson of a certain Ranulfus who held the manor of Blenkinsopp in 1240."  Other early records of the family include: Antony Blencansop and Ranulf de Blenkenshope who were listed about the same time c. 1240. 
Spelling variations of the name were very numerous. Nearby Yorkshire lists Symon de Blanchainesop, de Blancaneshop, de Blenkensope about the same time. 
Early History of the Blenkinsopp family
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Blenkinsopp Spelling Variations
Although the name, Blenkinsopp, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Blenkinsopp, Blenkinsop, Blinkinsopp, Blinkinsop, Blankensop, Blankensopp, Blinkinsops, Blenkinship, Blenkinshipp, Blenkenship, Blenkenshipp, Blenkinshop, Blenkinshopp and many more.
Early Notables of the Blenkinsopp family (pre 1700)
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Blenkinsopp migration to the United States +
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Blenkinsopp family name Blenkinsopp, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Blenkinsopp Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Andrew Blenkinsopp, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Laconia" from Liverpool, England 
- Andrew Blenkinsopp, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Liverpool, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Blenkinsopp (post 1700) +
- Tommy Blenkinsopp (1920-2004), English footballer who played for Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough and Barnsley
- Joseph Blenkinsopp (b. 1927), English academic theologian and Old Testament scholar, John A. O'Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
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The Blenkinsopp 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: Dieu defende le droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN4R-1JW : 6 December 2014), Andrew Blenkinsopp, 03 Aug 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laconia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN8D-43Y : 6 December 2014), Andrew Blenkinsopp, 08 Apr 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).