In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland
and named many places. The Blennerhasett name was then created from one of these place names. 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 Blennerhasett family
The surname Blennerhasett 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 Blennerhasett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blennerhasett 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 Blennerhasett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blennerhasett Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations
of Blennerhasett include Blennerhasset, Blennerhassett, Blenerhasset, Blenner, Hassett, Hassetts and many more.
Early Notables of the Blennerhasett 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 Blennerhasett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blennerhasett family to Ireland
Some of the Blennerhasett 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 Blennerhasett family to the New World and Oceana
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence
. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Blennerhasett 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 Blennerhasett 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.