Bluett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Norman Conquest of England 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 from Normandy.

He was brother of Hugh, Bishop of Bayeux. "When the king lay on his death-bed at Rouen, he sent Bloet to England with a letter praying Archbishop Lanfranc to crown William Rufus. Bloet crossed the Channel in company with Rufus himself, and became the new king's chancellor. After the death of Remigius in 1092, the see of Lincoln was kept vacant for a year. Rufus, however, repented of his evil ways while he lay sick at Gloucester in the spring of 1093, and at the same time that he made Anselm archbishop he gave the bishopric of Lincoln to Robert Bloet." [1]

From this very early entry of the family, the family dispersed as seen by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listing: John Bleuit, Gloucestershire; Robert Bluet, Lincolnshire; and Walter Bluet, London. [2]

"The family of Bluet is said by Camden to have come from Brittany. The name is spelt in the Battel Roll Bluet, and Bluat, and elsewhere Bloet." [3]

Important Dates for the Bluett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bluett research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Bluett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

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 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bluett migration to the United States

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 migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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