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Early Origins of the Bloyon family

The surname Bloyon was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bloyon.

As one might expect, the name was originally Norman from De Bloin in Brittany. In 1086 Blohin* (the Christian name omitted) held five lordships, making seven fees, in Cornwall. Grailan de Bloihon lived temp. Stephen; Geoffrey, his son, held seven fees in 1165. 1 Sir Ralph de Bloihon had a writ of military summons, 1350: and Alan Bloihon, 1401, held fees of the Honour of Mortaine, Cornwall 2

In this name," says Lysons, " we recognize the ancestors of the ancient family of Bloyhon or Blohowe, which became extinct (at least in its elder branch) in the fourteenth century, when the heiress married Tinten, whose heiress married Carminow. They were seated at Tregewell, and Polrode in St. Tudye. One of the Bloyowes married the heiress of Nansuke." 3

Early History of the Bloyon family

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Bloyon Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bloyon, Bloin, Bloyan, Bloyne, Blowe, Bloyhaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloyon family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • the Bloyon family of Cornwall

Migration of the Bloyon family

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Bloyon were found: Bozidar Blayan, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1909; and Pierre Blayan, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island from St. Godin, in 1904.

  1. Liber Niger Scutarii ("Black Book of the Exchequer"), containing reports by county on feudal holdings in England in 1166 (reign of Henry II)
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3 on Facebook