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The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Blue family. Their name comes from someone having lived in the county of Argyll (now in the Strathclyde region), on the isle of Arran. The name Blues may also be derived from the Gaelic word "gorm", which means Blue. The name is also commonly found on tombstones in and around Knapdale. One may presume that because of this, the origin of the name may have been derived from a marriage to a MacMillan. Furthermore, the Anglicized name Blue may have derived from a particular branch of the MacMillans called the "MacGhilleghuirm", which means "son of the blue lad."

Blue Early Origins



The surname Blue was first found in Argyllshire on the isle of Arran, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the name can frequently be found on tombstones in and around Knapdale, on the isle of Arran.

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Blue Spelling Variations


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Blue Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Blue has appeared as Blue, Blew, Blewe, Bleu, Gorm, Gilligorm and others.

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Blue Early History


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Blue Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blue research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1360 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Blue History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blue Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blue Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blue Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Blue or a variant listed above:

Blue Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Malcolm Blue, who landed in North Carolina in 1748
  • Jane Blue, who landed in New York in 1775

Blue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Malcom Blue, aged 60, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Blue, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Archibald Blue, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Daniel Blue, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • George and Duncan Blue settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blue Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Blue, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848

Blue Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William "Billy" Blue ( c. 1767-1834), English convict from Maidstone, Kent for of stealing raw sugar and sent to Botany Bay aboard the Minorca in 1801, eponym of Blues Point on Sydney Harbour, Blue Street and Blues Point Road in North Sydney, Billy Blue College of Design and Blues Point Tower
  • Thomas Blue arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850

Blue Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D. Blue arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blue (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blue (post 1700)



  • Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. (b. 1949), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who won the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 1971
  • Josh Blue (b. 1978), American comedian
  • David Blue (1941-1982), born Stuart David Cohen, an American singer-songwriter and actor, best known for writing the song "Outlaw Man" for the Eagles
  • Aurora Blue, American child actress, known for Inside Out (2015), Daddy's Home (2015)and Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)
  • Dylan Blue, American Young Artist Award winning actor, known for Deck the Halls (2006), Just Like the Son (2006) and Big Lake (2010)
  • David Blue, American actor, singer and dancer, known for his work in SGU Stargate Universe (2009), Sunset Overdrive (2014) and The Concessionaires Must Die! (2015)
  • Bob Blue (1948-2006), American teacher and songwriter, best known for his song, The Ballad of Erica Levine
  • Herbert Clifton Blue (1910-1990), American Newspaper Publisher, North Carolina State Legislator
  • George R Blue Sr. (1916-1986), American lawyer, and State Legislator
  • Rick Blue, Canadian musician, part of the musical duo Bowser and Blue from Montreal who write and perform comedic songs
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Blue


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Suggested Readings for the name Blue



  • The Descendants of Jacob W. Blue/Blew, Born 10 September 1798, Died 25 October 1878, Ohio by Jack V. Strickland.
  • Descendants of John Blaw (Blue) by William H. Blue.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Blue Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blue Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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