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The history of the name Blythe begins in the Scottish/English Borderlands with a family of Strathclyde-Briton ancestry. 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.

Blythe Early Origins



The surname Blythe 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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Blythe Spelling Variations


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Blythe Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Blythe has appeared as Blythe, Bllyt, Blytht, Blyithe, Blith, Blyth, Blitht and many more.

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Blythe Early History


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Blythe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blythe 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 Blythe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blythe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blythe 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 Blythe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blythe In Ireland


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Blythe In Ireland



Some of the Blythe 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



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Blythe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Keziah Blythe, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [3]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)
  • Margaret Blythe, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [3]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)
  • Anne, George, John, Margaret, Samuel Blythe all, who settled in Charleston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Blythe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829 [3]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)
  • Champain Blythe, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [3]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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blythe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Blythe, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  • Louisa Blythe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  • John Blythe, aged 28, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

Blythe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Blythe, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • William Blythe a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • D. Blythe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • W. R. Blythe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blythe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blythe (post 1700)



  • William J. Blythe Jr., American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1971-83
  • William J. Blythe, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1920, 1922
  • Ralph A. Blythe, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1992, 2008
  • Philip T. Blythe, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Naperville, Illinois, 1951
  • Marietta Blythe, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Clinton, Indiana, 1889-93
  • Joseph Lee Blythe (1890-1949), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 20th District, 1939-47; Member of Democratic National Committee from North Carolina, 1947
  • Jean Blythe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952
  • James R. Blythe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 13th District, 1926
  • J. W. Blythe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1904
  • James E. Blythe, American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1850-51
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Blythe Historic Events


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Blythe Historic Events




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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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

Other References

  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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Blythe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blythe 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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