The ancestors of the name Blyden 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 Blyden family
The surname Blyden was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blyden family
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Blyden Spelling Variations
Blyden 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 Blyden have been found, including Bladen, Bladon and others.
Early Notables of the Blyden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blyden family to Ireland
Some of the Blyden family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blyden 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 Blydens to arrive on North American shores:
Blyden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christopher Blyden, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Blyden 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.