Show ContentsBloore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Bloore family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a blower, or one who plays the horn. [1]

Early Origins of the Bloore family

The surname Bloore was first found in Staffordshire at Bloore-in-Tyrley or 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]

This parish in the north division of the hundred of Totmonslow, which was known as Blore or Blore-Roy dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded as Blora [3] and literally meant "place at the swelling or hill." [4]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on a phonetic appreciation of the names. Randulf Bla was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and later in Huntingdonshire, Roger Blowe was listed there in 1271. Up in Yorkshire, the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 included an entry for Thomas Blaue. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included the following entries for the family: Henry Blowe, Cambridgeshire; Isabella Blowe, Oxfordshire; and William Blowe, Oxfordshire. [1]

In Somerset, there was one entry, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III), that of John Blowe. [6]

Early History of the Bloore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloore research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1574, 1575, 1574, 1618, 1640, 1548, 1761, 1639, 1649, 1708, 1669, 1648, 1701 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Bloore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloore Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bloore were recorded, including Bloor, Blore, Bloare, Bloore, Blour, Bloure and others.

Early Notables of the Bloore 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...
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Australia Bloore migration to Australia +

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

Bloore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Bloore, British convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook