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Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Bligh. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Bligh is a nickname type of surname for a gentle or merry person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blide, of the same meaning.

Bligh Early Origins



The surname Bligh was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where the name could also have been derived from the Cornish "blyth" as in blyth wolf. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

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Bligh Spelling Variations


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Bligh Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bligh, Blighe, Bly, Blye and others.

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Bligh Early History


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Bligh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bligh research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1687, 1728, 1725, 1654, 1710, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1699, 1703, 1710, 1687 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Bligh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bligh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bligh Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bligh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bligh In Ireland


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Bligh In Ireland



Some of the Bligh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Bligh name or one of its variants:

Bligh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bligh who settled in Philadelphia in 1821
  • John Bligh, aged 26, arrived in America in 1821
  • Benjamin Bligh, who settled in New York in 1831
  • Edward Bligh, aged 27, landed in New York in 1849
  • Bridget Bligh, who settled in New York in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bligh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George M. Bligh, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Bligh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bligh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • James William Bligh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Lydia Bligh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Mary Bligh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Bligh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J W Bligh landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Earl Stanhope

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bligh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bligh (post 1700)



  • Algernon Stuart Bligh (1888-1952), English first-class cricketer
  • Edward Bligh (1715-1747), English peer, 2nd Earl of Darnley
  • Jasmine Lydia Bligh (1913-1991), one of the first three BBC Television Service presenters in the 1930s
  • Captain George Miller Bligh (1780-1834), English officer of the Royal Navy
  • Sir Richard Rodney Bligh GCB (1737-1821), English officer of the Royal Navy
  • Richard Bligh (1780-1838), English chancery barrister, cousin of Admiral William Bligh
  • Ivo Donald Bligh (b. 1968), English nobleman, Lord Clifton
  • Ivo Francis Walter Bligh (1859-1927), English nobleman, 8th Earl of Darnley, English Cricketer
  • Sir Edward Bligh (1795-1835), English nobleman, 5th Earl of Darnley, government administrator
  • Vice-Admiral William Bligh (1754-1817), English Admiral, best known as commander of the HMS Bounty in 1787, when mutiny occurred and Governor of New South Wales during the military coup in Australia (1808)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Bligh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bligh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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