Blomefield is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Blomefield family lived in Norfolk
, where the family has a rich history dating back many years. Their name, however, derives from their previous locality of residence, Blundeville
, near Pont l'Eveque, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Blomefield family
The surname Blomefield was first found in Chshire at Beeston, a township, in the parish of Bunbury, union of Nantwich, First division of the hundred
of Eddisbury. "This place takes its name from a castle founded by Ranulph de Blundeville, about 1220, and which was made a royal garrison in the war between Henry III. and the confederate barons." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Blomefield family
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Blomefield Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bloomefield, Blundeville, Blomfield, Blumfield, Blundville and many more.
Early Notables of the Blomefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blomefield family to Ireland
Some of the Blomefield family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blomefield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Blomefield or a variant listed above were: James Bloomfield who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1620; Sarah Bloomfield settled in New England
in 1634; Noah Bloomfield settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796.