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
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.
Early History of the Blew family
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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)
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Migration of the Blew family to the New World and Oceana
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
Blew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Blew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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