Blundell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Blundell family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lancashire. Other records show the name could have been derived from the nickname Blondel or Blundel which means the blonde or blond haired person. However, the Blondel spelling less common than the Blundell spelling and its variants.

Early Origins of the Blundell family

The surname Blundell was first found in Lancashire where they were granted lands at Ince by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. William Blundell or Blondell, Lord of Ince, held three knight's fees. "The manor [of Birkdale in Lancashire], in the reign of Henry IV., was held by the Halsalls; and the Gerards of Bromley became possessed of the estate by purchase, in the 17th century: from the latter it passed to the Mordaunts, and from them to the Blundell family." [1]

One of the first records of the family was that of Robert Blundell, rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1246. [2]

Ince Blundell, in Lancashire was the ancient family seat. "The Blundells are said to have been lords of the manor from the time of the Conquest, and William Blundell is mentioned as having a seat here in the reign of Henry III. In the midst of Ince-Blundell park is the Hall, the family seat of the Blundells, a large handsome mansion with stone dressings, at the eastern angle of which is a building called "The Pantheon," erected by the late Henry Blundell, Esq., and precisely similar in its architecture and proportions to the Pantheon at Rome, but one-third less. The building contains a splendid collection of paintings, statuary, sarcophagi, urns, and other relics of antiquity, procured by the founder, and said to be unequalled by any similar collection in the kingdom: there are upwards of 360 statues, busts, and basso-relievos in this temple of the arts. " [1]

Early History of the Blundell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blundell research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1276, 1520, 1601, 1604, 1579, 1625, 1620, 1734, 1711, 1643, 1707, 1692 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Blundell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blundell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Blundell has been recorded under many different variations, including Blundell, Blondell, Blondle, Blundle and others.

Early Notables of the Blundell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Blundell of Crosby Hall, an ardent royalist in the Cromwellian affair; Peter Blundell (1520-1601) English merchant and manufacturer of Tiverton, who made a fortune manufacturing kersey cloth and founded Blundell's School (1604); and Sir Francis Blundell (1579-1625), who...
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Ireland Migration of the Blundell family to Ireland

Some of the Blundell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blundell migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Blundells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Blundell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Blundell, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [3]
  • Heny Blundell, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • William Blundell, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Blundell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Brian Blundell, who settled in New England in 1700
  • John Blundell, who landed in America in 1760 [3]
  • Charles Blundell, who settled in Maryland in 1774 with his wife, Mary
Blundell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Blundell, aged 24, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [3]
  • Halehs Blundell, aged 21, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [3]
  • James Blundell, who landed in Mississippi in 1844 [3]

Australia Blundell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blundell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Blundell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Emily Blundell, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [5]

New Zealand Blundell 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:

Blundell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Maria Blundell, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • William Joseph Blundell, aged 6 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Mr. Joseph A Blundell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [6]
  • Edward Blundell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Buttermere" in 1886

Contemporary Notables of the name Blundell (post 1700) +

  • James H. Blundell (d. 1956), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 (alternate), 1948 [7]
  • Fred Blundell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928 [7]
  • Charles Blundell, American Democrat politician, Chair of Clark County Democratic Party, 1950 [7]
  • Art Blundell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 22nd District, 2012 [7]
  • James Blundell (b. 1964), Australian country music singer
  • William Blundell (b. 1947), Australian painter and art forger
  • Sir Tom L Blundell (b. 1942), British biologist and science administrator
  • Graeme Blundell (b. 1945), Australian actor, director and producer
  • Sir Edward "Denis" Blundell GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QSO (1907-1984), Governor-General of New Zealand from 1972 to 1977
  • John Blundell, British economist and Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Charles H Blundell, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas W Blundell, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Andrew J Blundell, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas W.A. Blundell, British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]


The Blundell 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: Unus et idem ferar
Motto Translation: I will be borne along one and the same.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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