July 12 2018
This site is intended to unite
those of the Blore name, or variations of, and was started in the late
1990's collecting information from various locations, primarily from
the internet. In those pre-Google days of slow internet a 'Blore' search
would yield a few hundred hits. The same search on the 25th May 2012
yields 2.25 million hits in .35 seconds.
Prior to this I spent
25 years travelling and collating information from microfische and from
various local history centres/libraries. In 2015 with fast internet
and subscriptions to on-line family history operations such as:
I'm able to do in a few
hours what previous took years. Hence the knowledge is much greater
today than was ever understood prior to the internet.
The work of Ian Bloor
(UK) of the Blo(o)r(e) Society, a one name study group for all derivations
of the name has been invaluable:
Blo(o)r(e) DNA project: If you would like to add to the DNA project to see where there are possible links, please email at:
Blewer, Bloor, Bloore, Blore, Blower
The surnames Bloor, Bloore and Blore are 'toponymics' - names derived from a place - and have their origins in North Staffordshire, in England, where there are two places called Blore.
One is a village near the eastern boundary with Derbyshire, where there is the church, the vicarage and Blore Hall, a picnic-site, and not much more.
The other Blore is near the western boundary with Shropshire, where Blore Heath was the site of the first battle of The War of the Roses in 1459, re-enacted every year over the last weekend in September. There's no church, no vicarage, no Hall and no picnic-site.
There are two blore words in Old English. One meaning windy, or wind-swept, and presumably a bit bleak, which aptly describes both places. The other means a raised lump, blister or pimple, and could be used to describe the areas around both Blore places.
There is a hill near Abergavenny, in Wales, called Blorenge, and it is thought possible that the name derives from a similar Welsh word, plor, which also means a pimple.
The two Blore places in England are the places in which most, if not all, of the Bloors, Bloores and Blores in the world have their origins.
It is interesting to find that almost 50% of all the Blo(o)r(e)s in the UK still live within 50 miles of Stoke-on-Trent, which lies roughly midway between the two Blore villages.
The Blo(o)r(e) Society was established in 1996 with objectives which include providing support for members and correlating the results of their individual researches into their own family trees.
Building on the results of traditional family history research over more than 80 years, we have, at the moment - 9th December 2015 - identified 112 separate Blo(o)r(e) trees, many with their origins in births or marriages that took place several hundred years ago. Many of these trees have living Blo(o)r(e) descendants.
We suspect, and the results from our Blo(o)r(e) DNA project support this, that at least some of these trees are really connected.
We are now finding evidence that some Blewers and Blowers in the Midlands of England are probably Blo(o)r(e)s whose surname has been transformed by the influence of local accents.
My encouragment of Ian
extends back many years, inclusive of more recent DNA testing to see
what connections could be found between the various lines.
Research shows that the Blores,
and their variations, descended out of the Midlands of England. Derbyshire
and Staffordshire in the main.
If you are interested in finding
Blore family or connections, send me an email.
Recent contact from families were
from the following areas:
Blore from Oklahoma, US
Blore from New York, US.
Blore from Manchester, UK.
Blore from New England, US.
A site for Blore
families around the world
records these days it is much easier to collate and cross-check.
Contact Leo Blore