The ancestors of the Blincoe family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in the counties of the Scottish/English Borderlands.
Early Origins of the Blincoe family
The surname Blincoe was first found in Cumberland
at either Great Blencow or Little Blencow, townships in the parish of Greystock, union of Penrith, Leath ward. Of interest is this entry about Little Blencow: "Near an ancient house, once the residence of the Blencows, are some dispersed ruins of buildings, particularly those of a chapel, with a burial-ground adjoining; and near the road is an inclosed cemetery, in which stands a stone cross, with the arms of the family engraved on it." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
One of the first records of the family was that of Adam de Blencowe who was awarded land by Edward III in 1358 and was "Standard Bearer to William, Baron of Greystoke." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
It is thought that original family home was built in Great Blencow. The mansion of Ennim, just south of the village was the home for many years of the Blencow family. Blencowe Hall, just to the west of Little Blencow consists of two fortified pele towers joined by connecting buildings.
"The Blencowes of Oxfordshire are probably descended from the ancient family of the name that resided at Marston or Merston, Northamptonshire, for many generations, as far back as the reign of Henry VI.; to this family belonged Sir John Blencowe, a Judge of the Common Pleas." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Blincoe family
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Blincoe Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Blincoe has been recorded as Blencoe, Blencow, Blencowe, Blacoe, Blackow, Blacowe, Blenco, Blenko, Blencko, Blanco and many more.
Early Notables of the Blincoe family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Blencowe, High Sheriff
in 1625; and Anne Blencowe, Lady Blencowe, née Wallis (1656-1718), an English compiler of recipes. It is generally thought that she developed an early version of what is now named a "stock cube" or "bouillon cube."... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blincoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blincoe family to Ireland
Some of the Blincoe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blincoe family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Blincoe name:
Blincoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Blincoe, aged 25, who landed in America from Lancashire, in 1892
Blincoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank H. Blincoe, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1919
- William Blincoe, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
- Wilbert Edward Blincoe, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1923
Blincoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Francis Blincoe, aged 45, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
- Ann Blincoe, aged 38, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
- Ann Blincoe, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
- Sarah Blincoe, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
- Francis Blincoe, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Blincoe (post 1700)
- John Blincoe (b. 1952), former New Zealand politician who represented Nelson (1990 to 1996)
- Robert Blincoe (1792-1860), English author and former child labourer, inbspiration of The Lion written in five weekly episodes early 1828 which in turn inspired the government to investigate the cotton mills
- Adrian Blincoe (b. 1979), New Zealand middle distance runner at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Nicholas Blincoe (b. 1965), English author, critic and screenwriter
The Blincoe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quorsum vivere mori
Motto Translation: Wherefore live to die.