Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person with dark hair or complexion. The surname Blige is a variant of the name Black.
Early Origins of the Blige family
Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Blige family
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Blige Spelling Variations
Spelling variations 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.
Early Notables of the Blige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blige family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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