The name Blowes came to England
with the ancestors of the Blowes family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Blowes family lived in Leicestershire
, 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 Blowes family
The surname Blowes was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
since the reign of Richard I or King John. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Blowes family
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Blowes Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bloss, Blos, Blois, Bloy, Bleys, Blosse, Bloyce and many more.
Early Notables of the Blowes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blowes family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Blowes or a variant listed above: Sarah Bloss who arrived in America in 1754 and Peter Bloss who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766.