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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Blevin, Blevyn, Ap Blethyn, Ap Plethyn, Plethen, Blethin, Blethen, Blevins and many more.

First found in the region around Denbighshire , where Meredith Ap Blethyn was Prince of North Wales in the 11th century.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: G. Blethen, who arrived in San Francisco in 1851.

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Suggested Readings for the name Blevins
"Blevins Ancestry: A Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Richard Blevins and Rhoda Scott" by Bill Dwayne Blevins.

Some noteworthy people of the name Blevins
  • Ruby Blevins (1914-1996), American country music singer and songwriter, who used the stage name Patsy Montana
  • James Victor Blevins (1912-1999), American businessman, who founded Blevins Popcorn Co. in 1945
  • Bret Blevins (b. 1960), American comic book artist, animation story board artist, and painter
  • Jerry Richard Blevins (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball player
  • Adrian Blevins (b. 1964), American poet
  • Harry B. Blevins (b. 1935), American politician of the Republican Party
  • Tony Blevins (b. 1975), former professional American NFL football cornerback
  • Leon Gravette Blevins (1926-1988), American NBA basketball player
  • Patricia M. Blevins, American politician, Majority Leader of the Delaware Senate
  • Frank Trevor Blevins (1939-2013), Australian politician, Deputy Premier of South Australia 19921993

Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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