England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bloice family lived in Leicestershire and Worcestershire. 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, Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.
Early Origins of the Bloice family
Leicestershire and Worcestershire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bloice family
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Bloice Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloice family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bloice 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 Bloice 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
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