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Where did the German Bloom family come from? What is the German Bloom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bloom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bloom family history?

The roots of the distinguished German surname Bloom lie in the northern province of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is derived from the Middle Low German "blom," or the German word "blume," meaning "flower;" thus, it was likely originally borne by someone living near a flowering meadow, or was perhaps an occupational name for a gardener or florist.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Blom, Blum, Blomberg, Blome, Blumefeld, Blommaert, Blommer, Blommen, Blommestein, Blommesteyn, Blume, Blumegen, Blümel, Blumenau, Blumenbach, Blumnenthal, Blümner, Blomgarten, Blohm and many more.

First found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The first known bearer of the name was Lüdeke Blome, who was a resident of Hamburg in 1258.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloom research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1293, 1670, 1701, 1819, 1583, 1651, 1622, 1629, 1636, 1642, 1785, 1793 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Bloom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bloom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bloom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Bartholomew Bloom, who landed in Maryland in 1653

Bloom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Valentine Bloom, who landed in Georgia in 1747

Bloom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Bloom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • David J Bloom, who arrived in Mississippi in 1836
  • K Shroman Bloom, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • A Bloom, aged 1, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • R Bloom, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


Bloom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Bloom, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

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  • Allan David Bloom (1930-1992), American philosopher, classicist, and academic
  • Benjamin S. Bloom (1913-1999), Jewish-American educational psychologist
  • David Bloom (1963-2003), award-winning NBC journalist
  • Claire Bloom (b. 1931), award-winning English film and stage actress
  • Harry Saul Bloom (1913-1981), South African journalist, novelist, and political activist
  • Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (b. 1977), English actor best known for the films Lord Of The Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean


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The Bloom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bloom 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.

This page was last modified on 31 December 2014 at 09:12.

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