Blitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
There art two possible origins of the Irish surname Blitch. The first is that it originated from the Gaelic "O Blathmhaic," which translates as "descendant of Blathmhac," a personal name for the Gaelic "blath" meaning "flower", "blossom", "fame", "prosperity." The second was that the name could have been derived from the Old English word "blaec" meaning "dark" or "swarthy."
Early Origins of the Blitch family
The surname Blitch was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where the Blake family were one of the Tribes of Galway, descending from Richard Caddell (le Blac), sheriff of Connacht in 1303, who came to Ireland with Prince John in 1185, and used both the surnames Caddell and Blake. The name Caddell is Welsh, and means "warlike." It was not replaced completely by Blake until the 17th century, and for three hundred years, people with these surnames were referred to in municipal records by both names. Richard Caddle was sheriff of Connaught in 1306 A.D. and was a tenant of Falway under Richard de Burgo (Burke), the Red Earl of Ulster.
Early History of the Blitch family
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Blitch Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Blitch that are preserved in documents of the family history are Blake, Caddell, Caddle and others.
Early Notables of the Blitch family (pre 1700)
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Blitch migration to the United States +
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Blitch:
Blitch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank Blitch, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
- Jernie Blitch, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1922
- Roland Blitch, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Blitch (post 1700) +
- Iris Faircloth Blitch (1912-1993), American politician, United States Representative from Georgia
- Peg Blitch, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1990-92; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1992- 
- Iris Faircloth Blitch (1912-1993), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 5th District, 1947-48, 1953-54; Member of Democratic National Committee from Georgia, 1948-56 
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