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Blaisdell Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Blaisdell Blasdell Bleasdale
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Blaisdell Meaning and Origin

The Blaisdell/Blasdell family name is an English surname originating from (Cumbria and Lancashire) a place in the Lake District named Blaisdell or "Bleasdale". It derives from the Old Norse by-name Blesi meaning ‘blaze’, or ‘white spot’; also, the same word used to describe a white spot on a hillside, along with the Old Norse word "dalr" denoting a ‘valley’. Thus, it is an ancient locational surname of Old Scandinavian origin. The Blaisdell surname is the world's 92,482nd most common surname.

Surname Variants

The Blaisdell Family National Association, (founded in 1935), acknowledges the following 38 variants spellings of the Blaisdell surname:

Blaisdell Blasdel Blasdell Blaisdel
Blasden Blasdil Blaisdle Blazsden
Blasdal Blosdell BlaizdelBlaizdell
Blaidall Blasdiel Blasdle Blazdiell
Blazedell Blesdil Blaisdale Blesedale
Blesell Bleasdell Bleasedale Bleasdaile
Blasdale Blaesdale Blaesdell Bleasdale
Blesdale Beesley Blaizedail Blasdall
Blesdell Blessdell Bleasdille Bleasdale
Bleasdill Blazo

The place name is recorded in the Lancashire Close Rolls of 1228 as "Blesedale", and means "the bare spot on the hillside, in this case a cleared space, coupled with the Old Norse "dalr"

Worldwide Surname Distribution

These statistics are generated from a global sample of 4 billion people. See Forebears Web Site for more details.

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  • Barry Sweetman; working on Blasdell family from Canada and Michigan, New England, and England.
  • Willliam Hutchinson. I'm working on the family of Ebenezer Blaisdell and his wife Sarah Colby specifically on their children Thomas and Ebenezer Jr.

Famous Blaisdell's

  • Ralph Bleasdale, settler of Salisbury, Massachusetts (1635), member of the committee to draft the declaration for the new provincial government of the Colony of New Hampshire
  • Alfred Blaisdell, politician from North Dakota
  • Daniel Blaisdell, politician from New Hampshire
  • Frances Blaisdell, musician from New Jersey
  • James A. Blaisdell, founder of the Claremont Colleges
  • John Blaisdell Corliss, politician from Michigan
  • Kealii Blaisdell, Kanaka Maoli activist and notable Hawaiian songwriter
  • Mike Blaisdell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Neal Blaisdell, mayor of Honolulu
  • Neal S. Blaisdell Center, multi-purpose center in Honolulu named after the mayor
  • Paul Blaisdell, American artist and special effects creator
  • Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, professor of medicine in Honolulu
  • Tex Blaisdell, American comics creator
  • William Blaisdell, American actor

List courtesy of Wikipedia

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Here is the intro to the story I have researched and written about the interaction of the Swett, Blaisdell and Hutchinson Family. The story with all the sources and explanations has been given to the editor of the Blaisdell Papers to be published.

Digging Up Thomas Blaisdell

NOTE! The story of Thomas Blaisdell and Hannah Swett is extensively researched but due to the very limited number of primary documents and circumstantial evidence, please do not think that this is the only scenario that fits the given information. I did my best to be the devil’s advocate and find evidence that would disprove my current theory but more eyes on the prize is never a bad thing so if anyone sees a problem or has contradictory evidence, please let it be known. This is just one of the many mysteries I had to try and unravel while writing my book on Timothy Hutchinson titled, ”Sometimes the Branches Break”. I hope you enjoy this excerpt on Thomas Blaisdell. Sometimes the Branches Break A study of the life and family of TIMOTHY HUTCHINSON of Kensington, New Hampshire

Chapter 1 Samuel Hutchinson and Hannah Johnson

Chapter 2 Timothy Hutchinson Subsection; Thomas Blaisdell and Hannah Swett Thomas Blaisdell was born about 1681 to Ebenezer Blaisdell and his wife Sarah Colby of Amesbury, Essex Co, Massachusetts. In 1695 he signed a document as a witness to his father’s sale of land to Jacob Bagley. It was a common practice to use family as witnesses on deeds and at age fourteen, Thomas would have been old enough to add his signature or mark on a legal document. Ebenezer, his father, lived in that part of Amesbury where the Powwow River runs into the Merrimac River. The Powwow was full of mills, sawmills to cut wood, gristmills to grind grain and fuller mills to clean the woven cloth for the clothiers. Point Shore, where the two rivers met was crowded with shipyards where boats were built by shipwrights. Ebenezer Blaisdell’s close neighbors in 1712 included Samuel Colby an Innkeeper and vintner, Jarvis Ring, a yeoman, and Jacob Morrill a shipwright.

posted by William Hutchinson