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Re: Blevins question
Posted by: Jan (ID *****6213) Date: October 03, 2012 at 11:57:06
In Reply to: Re: Blevins question by Jan of 3543

Here is something I posted somewhere else, but it was/is a
Copy & Paste and I cannot remember where I got it - maybe
at this website. The web link is not valid ~~

Just ran across this at the forum which might be of
interest to some. Blevins (Genealogy & History)

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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Blevins.
This name initially evolved from the Welsh personal name
Blethyn. Blevins comes from beautiful Wales, the
mountainous land of the ancient Britons. After the exodus
of the Romans in the 5th century A.D., the ancient Britons
were left in possession of Western England, present day
Wales and Cumbria, while the Germanic invaders, the Saxons,
Jutes and Angles continued a determined invasion from the
South-East of England. It was in the year 616, and the
Battle of Chester, that the Celts were divided, and Wales,
though still a group of kingdoms, came to be a distinct
nation. Rhodri Mawr (Rhodri the Great), was the first
great Welsh warrior king. In 855, through skilful
alliances and practical marriages, he became the king of
Powys and much of the rest of Wales. He died in 893,
giving Wales to his three sons. Anarawd became King of
North Wales, Cadalh became King of South Wales and Mervyn
became King of Powys, or mid Wales. The Blevins surname
shares its ancient history with these Welsh chronicles.
Bearers of this name were first found in the region around
Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county,
created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and
located in Northeast Wales, where Meredith Ap Blethyn was
Prince of North Wales in the 11th century. William the
Conqueror seized Prince Meridith's castle at Oswestry in
Shropshire after 1066 but he retained his Welsh estates.
From the early records examined, manuscripts such as the
Domesday Book, the Pipe Rolls, Hearth Rolls, the Black
Book of the Exchequer, and the Curia Regis Rolls, your
family name, Blevins, was found with many different
spellings. Spelling variations of Blevins include Blevin,
Blevyn, Ap Blethyn, Ap Plethyn, Plethen, Blethin, Blethen,
Blevins, Bliven, and these changes in spelling frequently
occurred, even between father and son. It was not uncommon
for a person to be born with one spelling, marry with
another, and have yet another on his or her headstone.
Preference for a particular spelling variation could
signify a connection with a certain branch of the family,
a religious adherence, or an affiliation with a political
party or cause. On the other hand, variations could also
occur due to regional dialects, translations back and
forth between languages, and the way that the clerks and
church officials of the day chose to record the spelling
of a name. The Norman Conquest of Wales in the 11th
century was less than conclusive, in fact Wales was not
actually subdued until the conquest of Edward I in 1301. A
testimony to the Welsh fighting spirit is that there are
more castles, or ruins of castles, to the Certificate No.
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888-468-7686 square mile in Wales than anywhere else in
the world. But even as peace gradually returned to this
picturesque country, many Welsh, attracted by economic
opportunity, moved eastward into the English cities. The
distinguished Welsh family name Blevins emerged in
Denbighshire, where the name was prominent among the
northern Welsh nobility in the 11th century. Later, by the
13th century, the family name had branched to England,
with Robert Blevyn being registered in Norfolk in 1273.
The name was also established in Lancashire, where William
Blethyn was recorded in 1366. In Wales Dauid Ap Plethyn
was living in Chirkland in 1391. In England the family
name had branched to Suffolk by the 16th century, where
Hugh Plethen was registered in 1524. By this time the name
had migrated southward inside Wales. William Blethyn was a
resident of Llandaff in the county of Glamorgan in 1579.
Philemon Blethin of Llandaff was a student at Oxford
University in 1601. In Lancashire Richard Blevin was a
resident of Southport in 1627 while James Blevin was
living at Crosten in 1669. Prominent amongst the family
during the late Middle Ages was William Blethyn, a Bishop
of Llandaff during the 16th century. The lure of the New
World also beckoned the Welsh. They sailed to the New
World aboard dangerous, overcrowded sailing ships that
sometimes arrived with only 60 or 70 percent of the
original passenger list left alive. Immigrants to North
America bearing the Blevins surname or one of its spelling
variations include G. Blethen, who arrived in San Francisco
in 1851. Almost 70 percent of the immigrants landing in
the United States arrived through the port of New York.
From there they followed opportunities into the North
American heartland

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