The name Bloass came to England
with the ancestors of the Bloass family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bloass family 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 Bloass family
The surname Bloass was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bloass family
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Bloass Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloass family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bloass 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 Bloass 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