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The ancestors of the Blondel family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lancashire. Other records show the name could have been derived from the nickname Blondel or Blundel which means the blonde or blond haired person. However, the Blondel spelling less common than the Blundell spelling and its variants.

Blondel Early Origins



The surname Blondel was first found in Lancashire where they were granted lands at Ince by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. William Blundell or Blondell, Lord of Ince, held three knight's fees. "The manor [of Birkdale in Lancashire], in the reign of Henry IV., was held by the Halsalls; and the Gerards of Bromley became possessed of the estate by purchase, in the 17th century: from the latter it passed to the Mordaunts, and from them to the Blundell family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Ince Blundell, again in Lancashire was another ancient family seat. "The Blundells are said to have been lords of the manor from the time of the Conquest, and William Blundell is mentioned as having a seat here in the reign of Henry III." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Blondel Spelling Variations


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Blondel Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blondel were recorded, including Blundell, Blondell, Blondle, Blundle and others.

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Blondel Early History


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Blondel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blondel research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1276, 1520, 1601, 1604, 1579, 1625, 1620, 1643, 1707, 1692 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Blondel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blondel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blondel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Blundell of Crosby Hall, an ardent royalist in the Cromwellian affair; Peter Blundell (1520-1601) English merchant and manufacturer of...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blondel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blondel In Ireland


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Blondel In Ireland



Some of the Blondel 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Blondel arrived in North America very early:

Blondel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Blondel who settled in Louisiana in 1756

Blondel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Blondel, who landed in New York in 1825

Blondel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Claude Blondel, who arrived in Canada in 1642
  • Pierre Blondel, who arrived in Canada in 1643

Blondel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Blondel arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • John Blondel arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blondel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blondel (post 1700)



  • Marc Blondel (1939-2014), French trade unionist, leader of the Workers' Force (1989-2004)
  • Charles Blondel (1976-1939), French psychologist
  • Andre Blondel (1863-1938), French scientist and engineer
  • Professor Jean Fernand Pierre Blondel, French-born, Executive Director of the European Consortium for Political Research since 1970
  • Nicolas François Blondel (1618-1686), French military engineer
  • Maurice Édouard Blondel (1861-1949), French Catholic philosopher, professor at the universities of Montauban, Lille, and Aix-Marseille
  • Jorge Urrutia Blondel (b. 1905), Chilean professor of music and composer

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Blondel Historic Events


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Blondel Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. André Blondel (b. 1917), French Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Picquigny, Somme, France, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Unus et idem ferar
Motto Translation: I will be borne along one and the same.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Blondel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blondel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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