Blow Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Blow Origin:


Origins of Blow:

This interesting surname is a nickname for Blower and originally evolved from an Anglo-Saxon origin. It is a professional name for a person who used a shouted voice, as a blacksmith’s helper or to give air for a parish part, or for someone who blew a horn, like a hunter or a music performer. The name is acquired from the Middle English (1200-1500) word “blowere,” and from the Olde English pre 7th Century word “blawere,” acquired from “blawan,” which means to blow. The surname since 1199 consists of Lucia Blowere, assistanct in the Assize Rolls of Kent, and Reginald le Blawere in the 1327 premium Rolls of Essex. The newer version of the surname can appear as Blower, Blow, and Bloor(e), while the nickname Blowers started in East Anglia. Listed in the London Parish Records are the naming of Edward, son of James and Martha Blowers, in September 1661 at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney, and the wedding of Obadiah Blowers and Ann Lavson in May 1667 at St. James’, Duke’s Place.


More common variations are: Balow, Bulow, Below, Blouw, Bilow, Bylow, Bolow, Bloew, Bllow, Bleow.


The origins of the surname Blow are found in Staffordshire at Blore Heath, a comparatively populated place of countryside, famous as the area of the first prominent war in September 1459.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of William le Blowerre, dated about 1190, in the “Pipe Rolls of Surrey.” It was during the time of King Richard I, who was known to be the “The Lionheart,” dated 1189-1199. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.


Many of the people with the name Blow had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Blow settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Blow who settled in the United States in the 17th century included John Blow landed in Virginia in the year 1650.


Some of the people with the surname Blow who settled in Australia in the 19th century included William Blow at the age of 37 settled in South Australia in the year 1854 aboard the ship “Emigrant.”

Here is the population distribution of the last name Blow: United States 3,728; England 1,371; Australia 568; Canada 286; South Africa 384; Wales 135; Germany 370; New-Zealand 85; Denmark 226; France 98.

Notable People:

David Mervyn Blow was born in 1931. He is a prominent British biophysicist. He was famous for the improvement of X-ray crystallography, a method used to introduce the molecular patterns of tens of thousands of biological particles. The procedure is used regularly in the medicine industry.

Detmar Blow (born 1867), was a British builder of the 20th century, who developed mainly in the arts. His customers were mainly related to the British gentility, and then he became a lands holder to the Duke of Westminster.

Godfrey Blow (born 1948), was an actor, who lived in Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Henry Taylor Blow (born 1817), was an American ambassador from Missouri.

Isabella Blow (1958 – 2007), was a British magazine writer and international icon.

John Blow (born 1649), was an English writer and organist.

Jonathan Blow was a video game developer and designer. He is famous as the builder of Braid, which was published in 2008.

Kurtis Blow is an American rapper.

Sandra Blow (born 1925), is a famous English painter. She was born in London. She spent weekends and vacations at her grandparents’ fruit field where she learned to paint and crafted the art.

Susan Elizabeth Blow (June 1843 in Carondelet, Missouri – March 1916 in New York City, New York) was an American professor who started the first kindergarten in the United States. She is famously known as the “Mother of Kindergarten.”

Thomas Blow was a local level politician from Alberta, Canada.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Notes: None. Blazon: Sable a saltire between four pomeis.
2) Notes: (Rev. John Blow, Rector of Godmanham Rectory, co. York). Blazon: Argent a saltire sable between four torteaux. Crest—Two wings conjoined argent.

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