Blew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Blew evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in the county of Argyll (now in the Strathclyde region), on the isle of Arran. The name Blues may also be derived from the Gaelic word "gorm", which means Blue. The name is also commonly found on tombstones in and around Knapdale. One may presume that because of this, the origin of the name may have been derived from a marriage to a MacMillan. Furthermore, the Anglicized name Blue may have derived from a particular branch of the MacMillans called the "MacGhilleghuirm", which means "son of the blue lad."

Early Origins of the Blew family

The surname Blew was first found in Argyllshire on the isle of Arran, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the name can frequently be found on tombstones in and around Knapdale, on the isle of Arran.

Important Dates for the Blew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blew research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1360 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Blew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blew Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Blew has been written as Blue, Blew, Blewe, Bleu, Gorm, Gilligorm and others.

Early Notables of the Blew family (pre 1700)

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

Blew migration to the United States

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Blew, or a variant listed above:

Blew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Blew, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Edward Blew, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
Blew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Blew, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Duncan Blew, his wife Anne, and three daughters, Ellinor, Mary and Katherine, settled in Virginia in 1740
Blew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Blew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Patrick Blew, who settled in Philadelphia in 1865

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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