Blondell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Blondell was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blondell family 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 Blondell family
The surname Blondell 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." 
One of the first records of the family was that of Robert Blundell, rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1246. 
Ince Blundell, in Lancashire was the 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. In the midst of Ince-Blundell park is the Hall, the family seat of the Blundells, a large handsome mansion with stone dressings, at the eastern angle of which is a building called "The Pantheon," erected by the late Henry Blundell, Esq., and precisely similar in its architecture and proportions to the Pantheon at Rome, but one-third less. The building contains a splendid collection of paintings, statuary, sarcophagi, urns, and other relics of antiquity, procured by the founder, and said to be unequalled by any similar collection in the kingdom: there are upwards of 360 statues, busts, and basso-relievos in this temple of the arts. " 
Important Dates for the Blondell family
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Blondell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blondell have been found, including Blundell, Blondell, Blondle, Blundle and others.
Early Notables of the Blondell family (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 Tiverton, who made a fortune manufacturing kersey cloth and founded Blundell's School (1604); and Sir Francis Blundell (1579-1625), who...
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Migration of the Blondell family to Ireland
Some of the Blondell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Blondell migration to the United States
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blondell were among those contributors:
Blondell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Blondell, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1716
- Thomas Blondell, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716
- John Blondell, who settled in Maryland in 1716
- John Blondell, who landed in Maryland in 1716 
Blondell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Blondell, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in the same year
Blondell migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Blondell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Rachel Blondell, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" 
- Nancy Blondell, aged 18, a nurse, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
- Susan Blondell, aged 21, a nurse, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
Contemporary Notables of the name Blondell (post 1700)
- Rose Joan Blondell (1906-1979), American Oscar-nominated actress who appeared in over 100 films
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- ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.