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Noble surnames, such as Blois, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Blois, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Orleanais. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Blois family originally derived its surname from the name of the city of Blois, which was in Orleanais.
The surname Blois was first found in Blois, a city and the capital of Loir-et-Cher department in central France in the former province of Orleanais. This city dates back to at least the 6th century when it was first mentioned by Gregory de Tours. By 1196, Count Louis had granted privileges to the townsmen which survived the Middle Ages. In 1429, Joan of Arc made Blois her base of operations for the relief of Orleans. The lineage began after the tradition of the counts of Blois from the house of Chatillon, and the lords of Trelon. The house of Blois affirmed its noble status in 1530, 1664 and 1668.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Blois, DeBlois, De Blois, Deblois and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blois research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1152, 1193, 1391, 1130, 1506, 1699, 1778, 1720, 1733, 1748, 1740, 1801, 1804 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Blois History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Blois Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Blois Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Blois Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blois 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.
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