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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.

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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)

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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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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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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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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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
  • Margaret Blythe, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Anne, George, John, Margaret, Samuel Blythe all settled in Charleston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Blythe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • Champain Blythe, who arrived in Texas in 1835
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Blythe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Blythe, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Louisa Blythe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • John Blythe, aged 28, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"

Blythe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Jennie P. Blythe, Canadian First Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
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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)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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