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Early Origins of the Blizzard family

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.

Early History of the Blizzard family

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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.

Early Notables of the Blizzard family (pre 1700)

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Blizzard Ranking

In the United States, the name Blizzard is the 7,045th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Blizzard migration to the United States +

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

Australia Blizzard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blizzard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Blizzard, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [2]

New Zealand Blizzard migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blizzard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Blizzard, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • M. Blizzard, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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 [3]
  • Reese Leroy Blizzard (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1952-55 [3]
  • Reese Blizzard (1863-1941), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia [3]
  • 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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  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook