Bloiss is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bloiss 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 Bloiss family
The surname Bloiss was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bloiss family
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Bloiss Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bloiss include Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloiss family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bloisss to arrive on North American shores: 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 Bloiss 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