Early Origins of the Blessed family
The surname Blessed was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Hugh Blesset held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Blessed family
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Blessed Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blessed include Blessed, Blisset, Blissit, Blizard, Blizzard, Blissett and many more.
Early Notables of the Blessed family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blessed family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blessed or a variant listed above:
Blessed Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Blessed, who settled in Maryland in 1670
- Thomas Blessed, who landed in Maryland in 1670 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Blessed Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Blessed, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
Contemporary Notables of the name Blessed (post 1700)
- Blessed Giuseppina Nicoli (1863-1924), Italian nun
- Blessed Eurosia Fabris (1866-1932), Italian "model of holiness in the daily life of a Catholic family;" the Vatican has started her on the process of canonization
- Blessed Louis Brisson OSFS (1817-1908), French Roman Catholic priest who founded the congregations of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
- Blessed Ivan Merz (1896-1928), Croatian Catholic lay activist
- Blessed Luis Sotelo (1574-1624), Spanish Franciscan friar who died as a martyr in Japan
- Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, German count, Bishop of Münster, and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church