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Bly Family History

Bly Name Meaning
English: variant spelling of Bligh.German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German bli ‘lead’.Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij.Swedish: possibly German in origin (see 2 above) or a soldier’s name.Americanized form of a Norwegian habitational name from a farmstead in Hardanger named Bleie, from a river name from Old Norse bleikr ‘gray’, ‘pale’ + vin ‘meadow’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Bly Families

  • Number of Bly families
     46 - 90
     16 - 45
     1 - 15
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bly families
     23 - 44
     8 - 22
     1 - 7
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Bly last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bly Family Origin

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Bly Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bly

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Bly Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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