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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.
Early Origins of the Blois family
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.
Early History of the Blois family
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Blois Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Blois family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Louis De Blois, a mystic writer who lived around 1506; Stephen Deblois (1699-1778), English-born, immigrant to America in 1720 and rose to become organist of King's Chapel, Boston (1733-ca.1748) and Old North Church in Boston, and owned Boston's Concert Hall; Jean-Pierre De Blois... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blois family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Blois Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Mr. Julien Blois, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jérôme Le Royer, arriving on 8th June 1659 CITATION[CLOSE]
Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
- Marguerite Blois married in 1665 in Montreal
Blois Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Abraham Blois U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Blois (post 1700)
- Regina Blois Duarte (b. 1947), Brazilian film, television and stage actress