Bloyce is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bloyce 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 Bloyce family
The surname Bloyce 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 Bloyce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloyce research.Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1135, 1154, 1205, 1219, 1327, 1497, 1634, 1600, 1686 and 1997 are included under the topic Early Bloyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bloyce Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bloss, Blos, Blois, Bloy, Bleys, Blosse, Bloyce and many more.
Early Notables of the Bloyce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloyce family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bloyce or a variant listed above: Sarah Bloss who arrived in America in 1754 and Peter Bloss who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766.