Bloor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Bloor family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Bloor comes from when one of the family worked as a blower, or one who plays the horn. [1]

Early Origins of the Bloor family

The surname Bloor was first found in Staffordshire at Blore Heath, a sparsely populated area of farmland best known as the site of the first major battle in the English Wars of the Roses fought on 23 September 1459. [2]

Early History of the Bloor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloor research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1574, 1618, 1640, 1649, 1708, 1669, 1648, 1701 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Bloor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloor Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bloor has been spelled many different ways, including Bloor, Blore, Bloare, Bloore, Blour, Bloure and others.

Early Notables of the Bloor family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Blow (1649-1708), an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1669. He "is said by all his biographers to have been born at North Colfingham, in Nottinghamshire, in 1648, but the registers of that parish...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bloor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bloor migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bloors to arrive in North America:

Bloor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Bloor, who landed in America in 1762

Australia Bloor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bloor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Bloor, British convict who was convicted in Stafford, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Bloor, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [4]

New Zealand Bloor migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bloor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Adam Bloor, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Bloor, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [5]
  • Miss Mary Bloor, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloor (post 1700) +

  • Edward William Bloor (b. 1950), American novelist and editor, best known for his young adult novels "Tangerine" and "London Calling"
  • Ella Reeve Bloor (1862-1951), American labor organizer and political radical, known as "Mother Bloor," a founder of the Communist Labor Party (1919)
  • Ella Reeve Bloor (1862-1951), American politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1918 [6]
  • Robert Bloor (d. 1846), English ceramist, probably born at Church Gresley, Derbyshire, where many of his family are buried [7]
  • John Stuart Bloor OBE (b. 1944), English business magnate, best known for reviving the Triumph Motorcycles name
  • Joseph Bloor (1789-1862), English-born, Canadian inkeeper, brewer, land speculator, founder the Village of Yorkville, eponym of Bloor Street, Toronto
  • Alan Bloor (b. 1943), British footballer
  • David Bloor (b. 1942), British professor at the University of Edinburgh
  • Ella Bloor Omholt, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1938; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1940 [8]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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