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The Blount family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Blount name reveals that an early member was a person with blond hair having derived from the Anglo-Norman French word blunt, which means blond.

Blount Early Origins



The surname Blount was first found in Suffolk where the Blounts or Blunts, as they are more modernly called, trace their heritage to the Normans, specifically to Rudolph, Count of Guisnes, who nobly assisted Duke William of Normandy to conquer the Saxons at Hastings, in 1066. Sir Robert de Blount (c.1029-1066) had command of the Conqueror's ships during the invasion and was amply rewarded. Sir William, his brother, commanded his foot soldiers at Hastings. These two great nobles received lands in Suffolk, Sir Robert became Baron of Ixworth, Lord of Orford Castle, and Sir William got seven lordships at Saxlingham in the county of Sussex. Each of these branches flourished and there is a record of each succeeding Baron in each estate. Both are recorded in the Domesday Book with their various properties. John Blund ( c. 11751248), was Archbishop of Canterbury-elect in 1232.

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Blount Spelling Variations


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Blount Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blount family name include Blount, Blunt, Blond, Blonde, Blund and others.

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Blount Early History


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Blount Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blount research. Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1640, 1400, 1403, 1493, 1502, 1540, 1597, 1666, 1617, 1563, 1606, 1654, 1693, 1618, 1679, 1565, 1632, 1529, 1597, 1594, 1654, 1624, 1654, 1693, 1601, 1604, 1618, 1679, 1649, 1697, 1670 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Blount History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blount Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blount Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Blount (d. 1400), supporter of Richard II; Sir Walter Blount (died 1403), soldier and supporter of John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster), served as the royal standard bearer, mistaken for the king and killed in combat, appears as a character in...

Another 180 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blount Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blount In Ireland


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Blount In Ireland



Some of the Blount family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Blount family to immigrate North America:

Blount Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Blount, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • John Blount who settled in North Carolina in 1675
  • Thomas Blount, who arrived in North Carolina in 1695

Blount Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Blount, who arrived in North Carolina in 1773
  • John Blount, who came to Maryland in 1775
  • Stephen Blount, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Blount Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Blount, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • William S Blount, who arrived in Texas in 1835

Blount Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Blount, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blount (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blount (post 1700)



  • Mark D. Blount (b. 1975), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • Lisa S. Blount (1957-2010), American film and television actress and Academy Award winning producer
  • James Henderson Blount (1837-1903), American statesman, soldier and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (1873-1893)
  • Melvin Cornell "Mel" Blount (b. 1948), American former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, five-time Pro Bowler and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, founder of the Mel Blount Youth Home
  • Brigadier-General Roy Eugene Blount (1889-1969), American Commanding General Army Port & Service Command US Central Pacific Theater of Operations (1943-1945)
  • LeGarrette Montez Blount (b. 1986), American NFL football running back
  • Willie Blount (1768-1835), American politician, 3rd Governor of Tennessee (1809-1815)
  • Roy Alton Blount Jr. (b. 1941), American writer, former president of the Authors Guild
  • Mark Blount (b. 1975), American NBA basketball player
  • B. D. Blount, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 1st District, 2000; Candidate for Texas State Senate 1st District, 2002
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Blount


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Suggested Readings for the name Blount



  • Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians by John Hill Wheeler.
  • Parker and Blount in Florida by Virginia Westergard.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lux Tua, via mea
Motto Translation: Thy light is my way.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Blount Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blount 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 4 November 2016 at 08:10.

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