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Early Origins of the Blome family

The surname Blome was first found in Derbyshire where the name is a metonymic occupational name for an iron worker from the Middle English "blome" meaning an ingot of iron. [1] By extension, the name was derived from "the bloomer," a worker at a bloomery, or bloom-smithy. [2]

Another reference is more specific: " a 'bloom' is a mass of iron that has gone a second time through the fire - Anglo Saxon bloma; and bloomary, hence probably a Bloomer was a person employed in the manufacture of iron." [3]

One of the first records of the name was found in Derbyshire in 1202 when William Blomere was listed in Pipe Rolls at that time. The Assize Rolls of Staffordshire list Robert le Blomere there in 1279. [4]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Blomer, smyth and Johannes Blomere. Later Henry Blewmer and William Blumer were both listed in Yorkshire in 1513 and 1515. [2]

Early History of the Blome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blome research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1543, 1041, 1455, 1487, 1603, 1635, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Blome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blome Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blome include Blomer, Bloomer, Bloomar, Bloomere, Blomere, Blome and many more.

Early Notables of the Blome family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Blome (1635-1705), an English publisher and cartographer. He was a "publisher and compiler of some celebrity, who by the aid of subscriptions adroitly levied issued many splendid works. Originally he was a...
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Ireland Migration of the Blome family to Ireland

Some of the Blome family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Blome migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blome or a variant listed above:

Blome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bartho Blome, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [5]
Blome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gert Blome, who arrived in America in 1837 [5]
  • John B Blome, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [5]
  • Adelh Blome, aged 31, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [5]
  • John Blome, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [5]
  • Franziska Blome, who landed in America in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blome (post 1700) +

  • Gert Arne Blomé (1934-2021), Swedish ice hockey player who competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. 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) on Facebook