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The name Blight was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a happy or cheerful person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blithe, which described a person exhibiting the aforementioned characteristics.

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The surname Blight was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland. Blyth was an old barony in the lordship of Lauderdale some time ago. The first on record was of William de Blyth of Chirnesyde in Berwickshire who represented the family and rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. A few years later, the seal of Adam de Blyth was appended to an account of goods purchased at Perth in 1302. James Blyth was burgess of Dundy (Dundee) in 1485. [1] Further south in England, William de Blithe was listed in the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Oxfordshire and Willelmus de Blythe was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Blight has been spelled Blythe, Bllyt, Blytht, Blyithe, Blith, Blyth, Blitht and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blight research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1567, 1567, 1563, 1646, 1691, 1485, 1493, 1493, 1499, 1530, 1503, 1530, 1542, 1605, 1654 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Blight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Blight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gilbert Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1629
  • Jacob Blight, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Blight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robt Blight, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Blight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Frances Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840
  • Caroline Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Emma Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Joseph Blight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849
  • Joseph Blight, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851


Blight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jeremiah Blight arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Baltasara" in 1854
  • Edwin Blight arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Baltasara" in 1854
  • Samuel J. Blight, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Mary Blight, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880

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  • John Blight, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1948
  • Chris Blight (b. 1982), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger from Cambridge, Ontario
  • James Blight, Canadian voice actor from Richmond, British Columbia
  • Rosemary Blight, Australian Film Institute nominated film producer
  • Malcolm Jack Blight AM (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer, eponym of the Malcolm Blight Medal
  • John Thomas Blight FSA (1835-1911), Cornish archaeological artist from near Redruth, Cornwall
  • John Blight (1913-1995), Australian poet from Unley, South Australia, recipient of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry
  • Richard Derek Blight (1955-2005), Canadian professional NHL hockey player from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Blight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blight 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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