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The name Blish was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blish family lived in Leicestershire and Worcestershire. 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, Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.

Blish Early Origins



The surname Blish was first found in Leicestershire and Worcestershire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Blish Spelling Variations


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Blish Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.

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Blish Early History


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Blish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blish research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1647, 1721, 1698, 1702, 1704 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Blish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blish Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blish Notables 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Blish or a variant listed above:

Blish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T. D. Blish, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • T.S. Blish, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Lieut. John B. Blish, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Margt. Blish, aged 25, who emigrated to America from London, in 1896

Blish Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J. D. Blish, aged 38, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1904
  • J.D. Blish, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • J D Blish, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1906
  • John D. Blish, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1908
  • John Dameson Blish, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blish (post 1700)



  • James Benjamin Blish (1921-1975), American author of fantasy and science fiction who sometimes used the pen-name William Atheling, Jr
  • John Bell Blish (1860-1921), American gunsmith and inventor of the Blish lock, used in the Thompson submachine gun
  • W. B. Blish, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Sylvester Blish, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1833
  • Roger Blish, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Marlborough, 1835, 1839
  • Dwight W. Blish, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1902, 1906

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Blish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blish 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 19 October 2015 at 16:07.

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