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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Blunt. It was given to a person with blond hair having derived from the Anglo-Norman French word blunt, which means blond.

Blunt Early Origins



The surname Blunt was first found in Suffolk where the Blounts or Blunts, as they are more modernly called, trace their heritage to the Normans, specifically to Rudolph, Count of Guisnes, who nobly assisted Duke William of Normandy to conquer the Saxons at Hastings, in 1066. Sir Robert de Blount (c.1029-1066) had command of the Conqueror's ships during the invasion and was amply rewarded. Sir William, his brother, commanded his foot soldiers at Hastings. These two great nobles received lands in Suffolk, Sir Robert became Baron of Ixworth, Lord of Orford Castle, and Sir William got seven lordships at Saxlingham in the county of Sussex. Each of these branches flourished and there is a record of each succeeding Baron in each estate. Both are recorded in the Domesday Book with their various properties. John Blund ( c. 11751248), was Archbishop of Canterbury-elect in 1232.

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Blunt Spelling Variations


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Blunt Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Blount, Blunt, Blond, Blonde, Blund and others.

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Blunt Early History


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Blunt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blunt research. Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1640, 1400, 1403, 1493, 1502, 1540, 1597, 1666, 1617, 1563, 1606, 1654, 1693, 1618, 1679, 1565, 1632, 1529, 1597, 1594, 1654, 1624, 1654, 1693, 1601, 1604, 1618, 1679, 1649, 1697, 1670 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Blunt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blunt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blunt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Blount (d. 1400), supporter of Richard II; Sir Walter Blount (died 1403), soldier and supporter of John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster), served as the royal standard bearer, mistaken for the king and killed in combat, appears as a character in...

Another 180 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blunt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blunt In Ireland


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Blunt In Ireland



Some of the Blunt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Blunt or a variant listed above:

Blunt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Blunt, who came to Virginia in 1652
  • Gilbert Blunt, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Jon Blunt, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Edward Blunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Blunt, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blunt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Blunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Jahn Blunt, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Henrich Blunt, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Blunt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hannah, Joseph, Mary, Melliant, Phoebe, Samuel, Sara and William Blunt, all arrived in New York in 1820
  • Basheba Blunt, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Bathsheba Blunt, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Benjm Blunt, aged 30, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • George Blunt, who landed in Missouri in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blunt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Blunt, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Blunt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Job Blunt, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Thomas Blunt, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Lydia Blunt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Julia Blunt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • James Love Blunt, aged 27, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Blunt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Blunt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Jane Blunt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Charles Blunt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blunt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blunt (post 1700)



  • Herschel Leroy Blunt (1921-2016), American politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (1979-1986)
  • William E. Blunt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888
  • Shelton D. Blunt, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Theodore Blunt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 2004
  • Roy D. Blunt (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Missouri, 1985-93; President, Southwest Baptist University, 1993-96.; U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1997-
  • Roscoe Blunt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • Raymond S. Blunt Sr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956
  • Matthew Roy Blunt (b. 1970), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 139th District, 1999-2000; Secretary of State of Missouri, 2001-05; Governor of Missouri, 2005-
  • John H. Blunt, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ashland, Virginia, 1889-94
  • Jeffrey Charles Blunt, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 125th District, 2006, 2010
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Blunt Historic Events


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Blunt Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William H T Blunt (b. 1923), Welsh Leading Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Walter Terence Blunt, British Pay Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Irvin Blunt, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Blunt


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Suggested Readings for the name Blunt



  • Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians; An Extract: Genealogy of the Blount (also Blunt), Haywood and Phifer Families by John Hill Wheeler.
  • Parker and Blount (also Blunt) in Florida by Virginia Westergard.

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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: Lux Tua, via mea
Motto Translation: Thy light is my way.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Blunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blunt 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 24 August 2016 at 15:41.

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