The ancestors of the name Blydan date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Bladon, which is located near Woodstock in the county of Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Blydan family
The surname Blydan was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blydan family
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Blydan Spelling Variations
Blydan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Blydan have been found, including Bladen, Bladon and others.
Early Notables of the Blydan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blydan family to Ireland
Some of the Blydan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Blydan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Blydans to arrive on North American shores: William Bladen who settled in Virginia in 1774; William Bladen who was Commissary-General of Maryland in 1718; and Thomas Bladen, Royal Governor of Maryland, 1742-1745..
The Blydan 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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.