Blyth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The saga of the name Blyth begins with a Strathclyde-Briton family in the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for a happy or cheerful person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word blithe, which described a person exhibiting the aforementioned characteristics.

Early Origins of the Blyth family

The surname Blyth was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland. Blyth was an old barony in the lordship of Lauderdale some time ago. The first on record was of William de Blyth of Chirnesyde in Berwickshire who represented the family and rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. A few years later, the seal of Adam de Blyth was appended to an account of goods purchased at Perth in 1302. James Blyth was burgess of Dundy (Dundee) in 1485. [1]

Further south in England, Blythe, Lancashire has an interesting history. It was originally held by Geoffrey Travers, whose son Henry, was called "de Blythe." Henry de Blythe's descendants "John and Robert de Blythe occur among the names of subscribers to the stipend of a chaplain at Ormskirk in 1366 and the latter also in the Poll Tax Roll of 1381. John de Blythe attested Scarisbrick charters in 1399 and 1401, and was the father of Roger, who in 1397 was charged with breaking into the parsonage house at Crossens. From him descended Roger Blythe, whose daughter and heir Margaret by her marriage with John Blakelache (or Blackledge) conveyed the estate to this family. " [2]

Another source notes, William de Blithe was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Oxfordshire and Willelmus de Blythe was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [3]

Important Dates for the Blyth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blyth research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1567, 1567, 1563, 1646, 1691, 1485, 1493, 1493, 1499, 1530, 1503, 1530, 1542, 1605, 1654 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Blyth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blyth Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Blyth has been spelled Blythe, Bllyt, Blytht, Blyithe, Blith, Blyth, Blitht and many more.

Early Notables of the Blyth family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Blyth, who represented Dundee in Parliament in 1567; Cuthbert Blyth, who was burgess of Edinburgh in 1563; Robert Blyth, who was retoured heir in land of Brounslope, Berwickshire, in 1646; Arnchibald Blyth, who appears as baxter in Dysart in 1691; John Blyth (or John Blythe), Archdeacon of Richmond...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blyth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Blyth family to Ireland

Some of the Blyth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blyth migration to the United States

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Blyth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Mary Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [4]
  • William Blyth, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [4]
  • John Blyth who settled in Virginia in 1652 with his wife Mary
  • Jone Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
Blyth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Walter Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Sarah Blyth, who arrived in Jamaica in 1774 with her husband John
Blyth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Blyth, who landed in New York in 1831 [4]
  • T Blyth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • E Blyth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [4]
  • James Blyth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1866 [4]
  • Patrick Blyth, who landed in New York, NY in 1866 [4]

Blyth migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blyth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Blyth, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • J R Blyth, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • Joseph C Blyth, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Blyth migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blyth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hatterton Blyth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Jemima Blyth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Margaret Blyth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Mary Blyth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Elizabeth Blyth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blyth migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Blyth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Blyth, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • James Blyth, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Isabella Blyth, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • James Blyth, aged 38, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Ann Blyth, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Blyth (post 1700)

  • Ann Blyth (b. 1928), American singer and actress
  • Charles R. Blyth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944, 1956 [6]
  • Sir Charles "chay" Blyth (b. 1940), Scottish yachtsman and rower
  • Mr. Jeremy David Blyth O.B.E.,, British Senior UK Accreditor for Galileo Programme and Chair for European Galilieo Security Board, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to UK and EU Security [7]
  • Gavin John Blyth (1969-2010), British television producer and journalist
  • James Blyth (1841-1925), English businessman, created 1st Baron Blyth in 1907
  • Reginald Horace Blyth (1898-1964), English author, who did much to popularize Zen philosophy and Japanese poetry (particularly haiku) in the West
  • Sir Arthur Blyth (1823-1890), Australian politician, three time Premier of South Australia
  • Edward Blyth (1810-1873), English zoologist and chemist
  • Drew Blyth Barrymore (b. 1975), American actress and Golden Globe award winner

Historic Events for the Blyth family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Butters Blyth (1916-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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