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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Blevins. This name initially evolved from the Welsh personal name Blethyn.


The surname Blevins was first found in the region around Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where Meredith Ap Blethyn was Prince of North Wales in the 11th century. William the Conqueror seized Prince Meridith's castle at Oswestry in Shropshire after 1066 but he retained his Welsh estates.

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Blevins have included Blevin, Blevyn, Ap Blethyn, Ap Plethyn, Plethen, Blethin, Blethen, Blevins and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blevins research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1366, 1391, 1524, 1579, 1601, 1627, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Blevins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Blevins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Blevins:

Blevins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Blevins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Blevins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J. Blevins, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Eva Blevins, aged 26, who landed in America from Stanhope, England, in 1910
  • Lizzie Blevins, aged 30, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1913
  • Emily Blevins, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1916
  • Thomas Blevins, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ...

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

  • Blevins Ancestry: A Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Richard Blevins and Rhoda Scott by Bill Dwayne Blevins.

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    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Blevins Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Blevins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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