origin. It was name for a person with dark hair or complexion. The surname Blige is a variant of the name
, where this distinguished family were originally seated at Wallingford Castle in that county. Their early history was associated with the celebrated Earl of Godolphin.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blige research.Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1522, 1515, 1516, 1517, 1518, 1520, 1522, 1520, 1512, 1551, 1545, 1547, 1547, 1551, 1546, 1613, 1660, 1642, 1000, 1611, 1592 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Blige History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blige have been found, including Blagg, Blague, Blagge, Blage, Blag, Blaggue and others.
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Blage or Blagge (d. 1522?), an English judge, who was of a Suffolk
family, and was son of Stephen Blagge of Broke Montague in Somersetshire. "He was a commissioner of sewers in Cambridgeshire
in 1515, in Middlesex, Essex
, and Hertfordshire
in 1516, and in Kent
in 1517. On 6 May 1518 he is found appointed to be guardian of William, son and heir of George Carleton. He was still acting as surveyor of crown lands on 29 Nov. 1520 and 21 March 1522. In May 1520, being seized of the manor of... Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blige Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Blige surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: David Blagg who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Blagg settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1760.