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History of the Blore / Bloor / Bloore etc... name


Most research points to the Midlands in central England as being the earliest beginnings of Blore, Bloor, Bloore names and any close derivative which seems to be mispelt names such as Blower, Bloare, Blewer....

1. The International Genealogical Index set up by the Church of Latter Day Saints, where they have photographed and put on microfiche and microfilm early church records in England of Christenings, Marriages and Deaths, shows that the earliest Blores on these records date back to their beginnings or point of origin.

* the earliest recorded name is Robi. Blore, a male Christening, 29th October 1559, in the township of Betley, in the County of Staffordshire. Many of these early names where actually recorded in Latin, possibly as a result of Roman invasions of England.     

*Staffordshire has the most entries with 246, the next is the neighbouring County of Derbyshire with 212+. This area is known as the Midlands. Most of these recordings are within a distance of 30 or 40 miles of each other.

  • Lancashire on the Irish Sea to the North, has 104.
  • London, 98
  • Leichester, 41 etc

*Devonshire only has I (one) recording. It has to be said that some of these county records are not yet complete, but most are.     

2.1 have 1850's maps or have seen maps of Staffordshire showing ~ "Blore" township,”Blore's Moor”, “Blore's Pipes"   etc     

3. "Blore Ray” parish was incorporated in 1558 in Staffordshire, 4 miles NW Ashbourne, comprising township Blore with Swainscoe, part or chapelry Carlton pop 354 archd Stafford dioc Lichfield.    

4. The 1993 edition of the Halbert's Family Heritage listings for Blores in the U.K. shows 267.The County with the most listings is Nottingham, along with Derbyshire and Staffordshire. It appears that many Blores are still located in the Midlands.     

5. According to a letter from Mr Greg Blore of Maffra (1973) when he wrote seeking contact with other Blore families, stated that;

"Trevor Blore (a great grandson of Thomas and Mary Blore) lives in London (Reuters Newagency) and has made some study of the background of the name- [I stayed with the daughter of Trevor Blore, Tessa, in Chelsea, London in June 1999. Trevor died some years ago and Greg died in the late 1970's]]

                --' meaning - a bleak spot on a hillside: varients - Blore, Blora, Bloore, Blower, Bloor, Blore Ayr:

               --  Blore Church, established 1002 under control of Burton Abbey:

               --  Robert Blora, Staffordshire, listed in Doomsday Book 1086.   

6. An old large Websters Dictionary in 1973 at boarding school stated that the name "Blore~ was from the word "blower” and that they could have lived in a windy place, e.g.  lighthouse keepers~    

....................and this found on the web February 2003

"Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Blore \Blore\, n. [Perh. a variant of blare, v. i.; or cf. Gael.
& Ir. blor a loud noise.]
The act of blowing; a roaring wind; a blast. [Obs.]

A most tempestuous blore. --Chapman.
1 definition found
Dictionary "

7.1 have found no connection with France as this suggestion was given by some as the possible beginnings of "Blore". There has been only one reference made to the word Blore in France. A "val de Blore" a valley including a ski field on the border with Italy.

8. In the course of research instances of the spelling "Bloare" and "Blower" and (even "Bore"!) have appeared as writing errors whilst spelling the name for official documents.

9. Harold William John Blore of South Africa in his "Annals of the Blore Family -1944" has the following to say about the origins of the name...

"(in) The Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Profincial Words the meaning of the word "bloo" is given as to blow and the meaning of the word "blore" is a breeze or a blast. It is probably akin to the Scots "blair" meaning the blast of a trumpet. Blore Heath, where one of the battles of the War of the Roses was fought and of which the meaning must be a breezy heath, lies just upon the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire."

"The name Blore and Bloor (pronounced to rhyme with floor) is threfore evidently a territorial one, and those who bear it must have come originally from the neighbour of Blore Heath. In this connection it is interesting to observe how plentiful the name, in its several varieties, is sprinkled over the adjoining countries (sic) Shropshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire."

"The early orthography of the name is uncertain. it seems to be spelt indifferently Bloor, Blore or Bloore, as well as being found in the records of the counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire."

Collated by Leo Blore from 1973 - 2007....

10. Link to map of Blore 'township'

11. Link to Blore Pastures near Blore in the Peak District


The following information was part of a forum discussion at the Blo(o)r(e) Society Web site.. this from an email to the Society by Hans Bloor, Dubbo, NSW.........

"I believe from the past that Blore means small hillock in old french - maybe the Blores moved to England after the Norman invasion ??"

Information from Ian Keith Bloor via email from egroups site............

"Blore / Bloor / Bloore locations in Europe, 2001 Never one to sit passively waiting for news of Blo(o)r(e)s I ventured onto the site in search of Belgian Blo(o)r(e)s.

This infobel site gives addresses and telephone numbers for several countries

It lists 2 (two) OORs and 5 (five) OREs but no OOREs in Belgium.

Four out of the five OREs look like a small tribe based in Charleroi.

For the UK this site listed 871 OORs, 93 OOREs and 138 OREs.  These numbers are, I think, a little lower than the numbers I got from a complete search of the BT directories a couple of years ago, but they are not far out.  So it looks as though infobel are fairly effective in locating Blo(o)r(e)s -

and that there are not very many in Belgium

Infobel also revealed:-

France                    One OOR and one ORE

Spain                      Three OOR

Denmark                One OOR and one ORE

After which I gave up. Maybe I'll try to make contact with some of them - when I get a spare moment.

ikb" [Dr Ian Keith Bloor -founder of the Blo(o)r(e) Society]


Blore Origins according to Ian Keith Bloor, 2001 as a result of the following email to the Blo(o)r(e) Group

From Hans Bloor, Australia July 2001

"Dear Bloors

Can someone please provide the definitive origin of the name Bloor - I only know little snippets

My father told me as a child that it was from the name Blower, yet the "oo" appears to be very Dutch

Can a knowledgeable Bloor clan member assist!  Thank you!

Hans Bloor

Dubbo NSW Australia"

Ian's reply........

"Perhaps we should start taking this seriously.

It doesn't really help the course of 'scientific' investigation to provide unsubstantiated suggestions based on 'what your grandmother told you.'

There are, undoubtedly, multiple origins for the WORD 'blo(o)r(e)' in all its many possible spellings.

Indeed, it might be considered odd to find a language in which this particular combination of letters or sounds did NOT occur.

Perhaps someone might have time to search through the dictionaries of all the known languages and discover just how many times it does occur and what various meanings it may have.

Perhaps someone else (maybe all of us) should try searching through the telephone directories of all the countries that we visit for Blo(o)r(e)s or their local equivalents (Bloer perhaps)

Perhaps those of us who do have grandparental anecdotes to tell could spend a little time researching them - finding some corroborating evidence - before sharing them in their raw form with everybody else.

I can speak only from my own experience of the responses we have had to the presence on the Internet of The Blo(o)r(e0 Society.

We have not had any response from Flemish Blo(o)(e)r(e)s!

Nothing from French Blo(i)r(e)s.

Nothing from Dutch or Armenian Blo(o)r(e)s.

Nothing but links that we can trace back to England and, in most cases, to Staffordshire or Derbyshire.

If there are other Blo(o)r(e)s out there who can trace their ancestors to Flanders, France, Holland, Armenia - or wherever - maybe they would like to contact me.

Dr Ian K Bloor

Chairman of The Blo(o)r(e) Society"

And... more from Ian..............

"Dutch? Naah!

On the other hand, I have found a place called Val de Blore north of Nice (France) - so maybe we are all French.

Although there are archaeological excavations and digs in sites such as Shresh Bloor and Mokhra Bloor, in the vicinity of modern day City of St Etchmiadzin [in Armenia] that have revealed layers of early prehistoric settlements, the oldest of which dates back to the Stone Age - so maybe we are all Armenian."

Shall keep you posted.......... on new updates as they occur..... but me thinks Ian may have had the last say on this one.....