Blewett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Blewett family have grown. The name Blewett was given to a member of the family who was a person with blue eyes, or who often wore blue clothing. The name stems from the Old French root bleuet which means blue.
Early Origins of the Blewett family
The surname Blewett was first found in Hampshire. One of the first records of the family was Robert Bloet (Bloett) (died 1123), an early English prelate. He was Bishop of Lincoln 1093-1123 and Lord Chancellor of England (1092-1093.) He claimed descent from a Norman noble family that held Ivry in Normandy. He accompanied William the Conqueror's son, William Rufus to England from Normandy.
He was brother of Hugh, Bishop of Bayeux. "When the king lay on his death-bed at Rouen, he sent Bloet to England with a letter praying Archbishop Lanfranc to crown William Rufus. Bloet crossed the Channel in company with Rufus himself, and became the new king's chancellor. After the death of Remigius in 1092, the see of Lincoln was kept vacant for a year. Rufus, however, repented of his evil ways while he lay sick at Gloucester in the spring of 1093, and at the same time that he made Anselm archbishop he gave the bishopric of Lincoln to Robert Bloet." 
From this very early entry of the family, the family dispersed as seen by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listing: John Bleuit, Gloucestershire; Robert Bluet, Lincolnshire; and Walter Bluet, London. 
"The family of Bluet is said by Camden to have come from Brittany. The name is spelt in the Battel Roll Bluet, and Bluat, and elsewhere Bloet." 
Early History of the Blewett family
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Blewett Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Blewett has been recorded under many different variations, including Blewett, Blewitt, Bluet, Bluat, Bloet, Blouet, Blewit, Blewet and many more.
Early Notables of the Blewett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blewett family to Ireland
Some of the Blewett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blewett migration to the United States +
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Blewetts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Blewett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margery Blewett, who landed in Virginia in 1654 
- William Blewett, who settled in Barbados in 1670
Blewett migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Blewett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Blewett, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" 
- Edward Blewett, aged 26, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
- Mr. George H. Blewett, (b. 1840), aged 23, Cornish farm labourer departing from Liverpool on 1st February 1863 aboard the ship "Clara" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 28th April 1863 
- Mrs. Elizabeth R. Blewett, (b. 1841), aged 22, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool on 1st February 1863 aboard the ship "Clara" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 28th April 1863 
- Miss Mary Blewett, (b. 1841), aged 39, Cornish housekeeper travelling aboard the ship "Norval" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 2nd March 1880 
Blewett migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Blewett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Blewett, aged 25, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- Anna Blewett, aged 28, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- William Blewett, aged 23, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- Ruth Blewett, aged 23, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- James Blewett, aged 3, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
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Contemporary Notables of the name Blewett (post 1700) +
- John Blewett III (1973-2007), American NASCAR driver
- Mary H. Blewett (b. 1938), American historian
- Gregory Scott Blewett (b. 1971), Australian cricketer
- Neal Blewett AC (b. 1933), Australian politician and Rhodes Scholar
- Kate Blewett, British film-maker
- George John Blewett (1873-1912), Canadian philosopher academic and philosopher
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The Blewett Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Deo omnia
Motto Translation: In God are all things.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf