When the ancestors of the Bloye family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Leicestershire
. The family name, however, is not a reference to either of those locations, but to the area of the family's residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in the Loir-et-Cher region of France.
Early Origins of the Bloye family
The surname Bloye was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bloye family
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Bloye Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bloye has been recorded under many different variations, including Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloye family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bloyes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Bloye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Herbert Sydney Bloye, aged 23, who settled in America from London, in 1900
- John William Bloye, aged 52, who landed in America from London, in 1905
- Alice Bloye, aged 48, who landed in America from London, in 1905
- George Bloye, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- George Robert Bloye, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
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Bloye Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Julien Bloye, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
Contemporary Notables of the name Bloye (post 1700)
- William James Bloye (1890-1975), English sculptor, probably best known for his bronze statue of Queen Victoria at Victoria Square, Birmingham, England
The Bloye 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: Virtus sola felicitas
Motto Translation: Virtue is the only happiness