The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Bluett was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person with blue eyes, or who often wore blue clothing. The name stems from the Old French root bleuet
which means blue.
Early Origins of the Bluett family
The surname Bluett was first found in Hampshire
. One of the first records of the family was Robert Bloet (Bloett) (died 1123), an early English prelate. He was Bishop of Lincoln 1093-1123 and Lord Chancellor of England
(1092-1093.) He claimed descent from a Norman noble family that held Ivry in Normandy
. He accompanied William the Conqueror's son, William Rufus to England
Early History of the Bluett family
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Bluett Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Blewett, Blewitt, Bluet, Bluat, Bloet, Blouet, Blewit, Blewet and many more.
Early Notables of the Bluett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bluett family to Ireland
Some of the Bluett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bluett family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bluett or a variant listed above:
Bluett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Bluett, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864
Bluett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr Bluett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Bluett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Adam Bluett, aged 40, a locksmith, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
- Catherine Bluett, aged 38, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
- Thomas Bluett, aged 21, a smith, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bluett (post 1700)
- Lennie Bluett (1919-2016), American film actor, pianist, dancer and singer
- Rev. James Bluett, American Colonel, Command Staff Chaplain at Fort Richardson Army Base, Alaska
- Douglas Bluett (1897-1981), English Army Major General
- Grant Bluett, Australian orienteering competitor, gold medal winner at the World Games in 2001
- William James Geffrard Bluett (1834-1885), New Zealand Member of Parliament in the Canterbury Region
The Bluett 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: In Deo omnia
Motto Translation: In God are all things.