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The illustrious surname Bly finds its origin in the rocky, seaswept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Bly is a nickname type of surname for a gentle or merry person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blide, of the same meaning.

Bly Early Origins



The surname Bly was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where the name could also have been derived from the Cornish "blyth" as in blyth wolf. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

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Bly Spelling Variations


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Bly Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bligh, Blighe, Bly, Blye and others.

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Bly Early History


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Bly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bly research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1687, 1728, 1725, 1654, 1710, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1699, 1703, 1710, 1687 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Bly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bly In Ireland


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Bly In Ireland



Some of the Bly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bly, or a variant listed above:

Bly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Bly, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Bly settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Bly, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Bly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sara Bly, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Sarah Bly, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Elizabeth Bly settled in Virginia in 1774

Bly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Bly, who arrived in New York in 1847
  • Thomas Bly, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Bly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bly, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Susannah Bly, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • William Bly, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Sarah Bly, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mary Bly, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bly (post 1700)



  • Theron Bly, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County, 1832
  • Ray Bly, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 2004
  • John Bly, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1905-06
  • James F. Bly (b. 1886), American Republican politician, Architect; Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 11th District, 1920-22; Defeated, 1922, 1923, 1924
  • Edward S. Bly, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1922
  • Dawn Bly, American politician, Representative from Kansas 3rd District, 2002
  • Belden G. Bly Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952
  • Max T Bly Sr. (1905-1987), American bobsledder
  • Stephen Bly (b. 1944), American author & novelist
  • Carol Bly (1930-2007), teacher and an award-winning American author of short stories
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Bly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bly 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 1 September 2016 at 13:14.

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