The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Blis family name to the British Isles. They lived in Leicestershire
. The family name, however, is not a reference to either of those locations, but to the area of the family's residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.
Early Origins of the Blis family
The surname Blis was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blis family
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Blis Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Blis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blis family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blis or a variant listed above: Thomas Bliss of Green Court Gloucester, England, who settled in New Jersey in 1738; William Bliss settled in Jamaica in 1684; Thomas Bliss settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620.
The Blis 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: Virtus sola felicitas
Motto Translation: Virtue is the only happiness