This unusual name is of medieval English origin, from the given name Blase or Blaze, which was derived ultimately from an old Roman family name, Blasius. The personal name was originally a byname or nickname for someone with a defect of speech or gait, from the Latin "blaesus", stammering, and the Greek "blalsos", bow-legged. The popularity of the 4th Century Christian martyr, St. Blaise, contributed to the spread of the personal name in the Middle Ages, particularly in England because St. Blaise was the patron saint of wool-workers, where the wool trade was so important. The given name has generated a variety of surnames in Europe; in France Blaise, Blais and Blasi; in Italy Blasio and Blas (also found in Spain); in Germany Blasius and Bless, and in Belgium Blaes. The English forms are mainly Blaze, Blase, Blease and Bleas. The marriage of William Blase, and Katheren Blaxley was recorded at St. Giles's, Cripplegate, London, on July 23rd 1587. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Dianise Blase (christening), which was dated October 1585, St. Margaret's, Westminster, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • blase — blase …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • blasé — blasé …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Blase — Blase …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • blase — ou blaze [ blaz ] n. m. • 1885, 1889; p. ê. de blason ♦ Arg. fam. 1 ♦ Nom de personne. Un faux blase. 2 ♦ (1915) Nez. ⇒ blair, 2. tarin. Un vilain blase. ● blase ou blaze nom masculin (de blason) Nez. Nom de personne. ● …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • blasé — blase ou blaze [ blaz ] n. m. • 1885, 1889; p. ê. de blason ♦ Arg. fam. 1 ♦ Nom de personne. Un faux blase. 2 ♦ (1915) Nez. ⇒ blair, 2. tarin. Un vilain blase. ● blase ou blaze nom masculin ( …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • blasé — blasé, ée (blâ zé, zée) part. passé. Un homme blasé. Un estomac blasé. •   Vous ne ramènerez pas au vin de Bourgogne des gens blasés qui s enivrent de mauvaise eau de vie, VOLT. Lettr. Touraille, 5 juill. 1774.    Blasé par les voluptés. •   Je… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • blase — see BLASÉ (Cf. blasé) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Blase — Blase,die:1.〈mitLuftgefüllterHohlraum〉Luftblase–2.⇨Blutblase–3.⇨Eiterblase–4.⇨Bande–5.⇨Clique Blase 1.Hautblase,Bläschen,Eiterbläschen,Pickel;landsch.,österr.:Wimmerl 2.→Gruppe …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • blasé — bored from overindulgence, 1819, from Fr. blasé, pp. of blaser to satiate (17c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Du. blazen to blow (related to English BLAST (Cf. blast)), with a sense of puffed up under the effects of drinking …   Etymology dictionary

  • Blase — Blase, 1) rundliche Höhlung mit eingeschlossener Luft, die entweder durch diese selbst, durch Eindringen u. Ausdehnen entstanden ist, od. doch das Ansehen hat, auf solche Weise entstanden zu sein. So bilden sich bes. Luft Blasen unter Entbindung… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Blase — (Vesīca), bei den Tieren ein häutiges Behältnis für Flüssigkeiten, z. B. Gallenblase; im engern Sinne die Harnblase; bei den Fischen soviel wie Schwimmblase. – In der Heilkunde nennt man Blasen (bullae) Erhebungen der Oberhaut von der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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