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Bland Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire called Bland, the origin of which is uncertain. Possibly it is from Old English (ge)bland ‘storm’, ‘commotion’ (from blandan ‘to blend or mingle’), with reference to its exposed situation. The modern English adjective bland did not come into English (from Latin) until the 15th century, and is therefore unlikely to have given rise to surnames. French: nickname from Old French blant ‘flattering’ (Latin blandus).

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


Similar surnames: Boland, Land, Brand, Blond, Eland, Plant, Blanc, Byland, Blend, Band

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Where is the Bland family from?

You can see how Bland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bland families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 60 Bland families living in Virginia. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bland's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Bland families in 1840.
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What did your Bland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bland. 21% of Bland men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bland women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bland were Farm Laborer and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Bland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Bland. For the veterans among your Bland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bland lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bland in 1943 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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