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Blizzard Early Origins



The surname Blizzard was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Hugh Blesset held estates in that shire.

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Blizzard Spelling Variations


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Blizzard Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blizzard family name include Blessed, Blisset, Blissit, Blizard, Blizzard, Blissett and many more.

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Blizzard Early History


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Blizzard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blizzard research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Blizzard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blizzard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blizzard Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blizzard 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blizzard surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Blizzard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Blizzard, who settled in America in 1853

Blizzard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Blizzard, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"

Blizzard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Blizzard arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • M. Blizzard arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blizzard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blizzard (post 1700)



  • William H. "Bill" Blizzard (1892-1958), American union organizer, commander of the miners' army during the Battle of Blair Mountain, President of District 17 of the United Mine Workers
  • Edward F. Blizzard (b. 1954), American pharmaceutical injury attorney, founding partner of Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, LLC based in Houston, Texas
  • Christopher Blizzard, American Developer Relations lead at Facebook
  • Robert M. Blizzard, American pediatric endocrinologist, founding member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, co-discoverer of Johanson-Blizzard syndrome
  • Bobby Blizzard (b. 1980), All American Football League tight end
  • Brett Alan Blizzard (b. 1980), American basketball player
  • Williamson S. Blizzard (1865-1941), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1924
  • Reese Leroy Blizzard (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1952-55
  • Reese Blizzard (1863-1941), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia
  • Dominic John Blizzard (b. 1985), English footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    11. ...

    The Blizzard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blizzard 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 16:13.

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