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Where did the Scottish Blight family come from? What is the Scottish Blight family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blight family history?

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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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.

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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blight research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1603, 1567, 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 129 words(9 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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  • 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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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.

This page was last modified on 22 November 2013 at 14:56.

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