Blosse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Blosse reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Blosse family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blosse family lived in Leicestershire, Suffolk, and Worcestershire. The family name, however, is not a reference to any of those locations, but to the family's residence prior to the Norman Conquest, in Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.
Early Origins of the Blosse family
The surname Blosse was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat since the reign of Richard I or King John.  However, some of the family were established at Bishop's Waltham in Southampton at early times. "Here are the remains of the once magnificent palace annexed to the see of Winchester, built in 1135 by Bishop Henry de Blois, brother of King Stephen, and greatly embellished by Wykeham. Henry II. held a great council in this palace in 1182." 
Important Dates for the Blosse family
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Blosse Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bloss, Blos, Blois, Bloy, Bleys, Blosse, Bloyce and many more.
Early Notables of the Blosse family (pre 1700)
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Blosse migration to the United States
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Blosse name or one of its variants:
Blosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Blosse, who landed in New England in 1634 
- Richard Blosse, aged 11, who arrived in America in 1634 
- John Blosse, who landed in Virginia in 1658 
Contemporary Notables of the name Blosse (post 1700)
- Louis Blosse, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Henry Blosse Lynch (1807-1873), Irish explorer, who led the first foreign expedition to successfully to navigate the Tigris River from the Persian Gulf
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Blosse. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html