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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.

Blundell Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Ince Blundell, again in Lancashire was another 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Blundell Spelling Variations


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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.

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Blundell Early History


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Blundell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blundell research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1276, 1520, 1601, 1604, 1579, 1625, 1620, 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.

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Blundell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blundell Early Notables (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...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blundell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blundell In Ireland


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Blundell In Ireland



Some of the Blundell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • Heny Blundell, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • 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
  • 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, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Halehs Blundell, aged 21, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • James Blundell, who landed in Mississippi in 1844

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Emily Blundell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Blundell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Maria Blundell, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • William Joseph Blundell, aged 6 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Edward Blundell arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Buttermere" in 1886

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blundell (post 1700)


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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
  • Fred Blundell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928
  • Charles Blundell, American Democrat politician, Chair of Clark County Democratic Party, 1950
  • Art Blundell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 22nd District, 2012
  • 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.)

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Blundell Historic Events


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Blundell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles H Blundell, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas W Blundell, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Andrew J Blundell, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Blundell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blundell 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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