Blok History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Blok family

The surname Blok was first found in Pomerania, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that eastern region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Important Dates for the Blok family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blok research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1631, 1690, 1642, 1719, 1723, 1799, 1749 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Blok History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blok Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bloch, Block, Bloche, Blocher, Blochmann and others.

Early Notables of the Blok family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the name Blok at this time were Benjamin Block, or Blok (1631-1690) German-Hungarian Baroque painter, known for his portraits; Anna Katharina Block (1642-1719), a German Baroque flower painter; Mark Eliezer Bloch (1723-1799), a well-known naturalist specializing in the study...
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Blok migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blok Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C W Blok, aged 35, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
Blok Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Martinus Blok, aged 18, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [2]
  • Hendrick Blok, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Standard" from Tuxpam, Mexico [3]

Blok migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blok Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Blok, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blok (post 1700)

  • David A. Blok, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1969; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 54th District, 1972 [5]
  • Alexander Alexandrovich Blok (1880-1921), Russian poet

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QJ-2NT : 6 December 2014), Martinus Blok, 17 Feb 1919; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q2-266 : 6 December 2014), Hendrick Blok, 25 Feb 1919; citing departure port Tuxpam, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Standard, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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