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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.

Blyth Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Further south in England, William de Blithe was listed in the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Oxfordshire and Willelmus de Blythe was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Blyth Spelling Variations


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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.

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Blyth Early History


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Blyth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blyth research. Another 195 words (14 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.

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Blyth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blyth Early Notables (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...

Another 63 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.

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Blyth In Ireland


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Blyth In Ireland



Some of the Blyth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 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



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. 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
  • Mary Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • William Blyth, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • John Blyth who settled in Virginia in 1652 with his wife Mary
  • Jone Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Blyth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walter Blyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Sarah Blyth 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
  • T Blyth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E Blyth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • James Blyth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1866
  • Patrick Blyth, who landed in New York, NY in 1866

Blyth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Blyth, aged 20, a labourer, 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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hatterton Blyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Jemima Blyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Margaret Blyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Mary Blyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Elizabeth Blyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blyth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blyth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blyth (post 1700)



  • Charles R. Blyth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944, 1956
  • Ann Blyth (b. 1928), American singer and actress
  • Sir Charles "chay" Blyth (b. 1940), Scottish yachtsman and rower
  • 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

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Citations


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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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Blyth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blyth 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.

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