The name Bloess reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bloess family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bloess 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 Bloess family
The surname Bloess was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bloess family
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Bloess Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloess family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bloess name or one of its variants: 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 Bloess 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