The name Bloys reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bloys family 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 Bloys family
The surname Bloys was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bloys family
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Bloys Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bloys family name include Bliss, Bleys, Blois, Bloys, Bloiss and others.
Early Notables of the Bloys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bloys family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bloys family to immigrate North America: Thomas Bliss of Green Court Gloucester, England
, who settled in New Jersey in 1738; William Bliss settled in Jamaica in 1684; Thomas Bliss settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620.
The Bloys 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