Origins Available: English, French
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.
Early Origins of the Blondel family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
One of the first records of the family was that of Robert Blundell, rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1246. CITATION[CLOSE]
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Blondel family
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Blondel Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Blondel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blondel family to Ireland
Some of the Blondel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blondel family to the New World and Oceana
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
Blondel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Blondel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Blondel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Blondel (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Blondel family
The Blondel 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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