The ancient name of Blow finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a blower
, or one who plays the horn.
Early Origins of the Blow family
The surname Blow 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.
Early History of the Blow family
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Blow Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blow family name include Bloor, Blore, Bloare, Bloore, Blour, Bloure and others.
Early Notables of the Blow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blow family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blow surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Blow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Blow, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Blow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Blow, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Blow (post 1700)
- Charles McRay Blow (b. 1970), American journalist, commentator, and current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times
- John Blow (1649-1708), English composer
- David Mervyn Blow FRS (1931-2004), British biophysicist and co-winner of the 1987 Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Historic Events for the Blow family
- Mr. Leonard Blow (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm