Blydenburgh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Blydenburgh family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Bladon, a parish, in the union of Woodstock, hundred of Wootton, in Oxfordshire.  
Early Origins of the Blydenburgh family
The surname Blydenburgh was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included some of the first records of the family. Walter de Bladone, Agnes de Bladene and Hugh de Bladene were all listed in the rolls as holding lands there at that time. 
Early History of the Blydenburgh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blydenburgh research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1780, 1742, 1747, 1680, 1746, 1696, 1697, 1746 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Blydenburgh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blydenburgh Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blydenburgh include Bladen, Bladon and others.
Early Notables of the Blydenburgh family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Colonel Bladen, Lord Justice of Ireland; and Sir Thomas Bladen (1698-1780), American politician and the 19th Proprietary Governor of Maryland from 1742 to 1747.
Martin Bladen (1680-1746), was an English soldier and politician, the son of Nathaniel Bladen of Hemsworth, Yorkshire. "He is said to have passed a short time at a small private school in the country with...
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Migration of the Blydenburgh family to Ireland
Some of the Blydenburgh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blydenburgh family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blydenburgh were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Blydenburgh (post 1700) +
- Levi N. Blydenburgh, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1868 
- James C. Blydenburgh, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 1st District, 1984 
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The Blydenburgh 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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html