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Origins Available: German, Jewish


The German surname Blum emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems Rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. In the Middle Ages, many of the Saxon lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the feudal system.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Blum, Blumm, Blume, Blumen, Bluem and others.

First found in Lower Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the Hanover region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. From the 14th century the name was associated with a Patrician family that possessed estates in the Calenberg and Minden region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blum research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Blum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Frantz Blum, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • Eva Elisabetha Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Valentin Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johann Georg Blum went to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Johann Jacob Blum landed in Philadelphia in 1751


Blum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Heinrich Blum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Geo Fred Blum, aged 33, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Charles Blum, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Frederick Blum, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820
  • Johann Jakob Blum, who landed in America in 1832


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  • Michael Blum (b. 1993), American jazz guitarist, vocalist and composer
  • Tim Blum, American co-founder of Blum & Poe, contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo
  • Jason Ferus Blum (b. 1969), American Primetime Emmy Award winning film producer, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions
  • Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum (b. 1955), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa (2015-)
  • Walter Blum (b. 1934), American jockey with 4,382 career wins, inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Richard Blum (b. 1954), birth name of Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, an American punk rock singer and radio personality
  • Richard C. Blum (b. 1935), American investment banker, founder of Blum Capital Partners (formerly Blum Capital), an American private equity firm in 1975
  • Deborah Blum (b. 1954), American reporter who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting
  • Lt. General H Steven Blum (b. 1946), American 25th Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Michael Blum (b. 1988), German footballer who plays for SV Elversberg

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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Blum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blum 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.

This page was last modified on 18 December 2015 at 13:54.

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