Recorded in over one hundred different spellings throughout Europe and including Blay, Bleay, Blaye and the rare diminutive Blaycock (English), Blais, Blaise, Blay, and diminutives Blaison, Blaisot, Blazin (French), Blasio, Blase, Biasi and diminutives Blasini, Biasett, Biagetti (Italian), Bras (Portugese), Blasius (German), Blaes (Flemish), and many others, this is a surname of pre Christian Roman-Greek origins. In the time of the Roman Empire it was the clan or family name Blasius, and as such a nickname for the first chief of the "family", a person who had a defect either of speech or appearance. The word means in Latin "to stammer", however the Greek form of "blaisos"describes someone who was bow-legged! It is unclear which the name refers to. The creation of personal names from nicknames, was a common practice throughout the centuries upto the introduction of surnames in Europe in the 12th century. Many modern-day surnames derive from such nicknames, although in most cases the original spelling or meaning has been lost. In this case the early popularity was as result of St Blaize, who it is claimed, was martyred in Armenia in the year 316. It is said that he healed a boy who was at the point of death because a fishbone was stuck in his throat. When St Blaise was imprisoned the boy's mother brought him food and candles. Hence, at the blessing of St. Blaise, sufferers from throat diseases are blessed by the application of two candles to the throat. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Hans Blasin of Rottenburg, Germany, in the year 1411 or Matzlin Blassigin of Eblingen, also Germany, in 1419, whilst Robert Blease was christened at the church of St. Mary Woolnoth, city of London in 1568, and Edmund Blackock was a christening witness at St Brides Fleet Street, also city ofd London, in 1641.

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  • Blaise — can refer to: Places France* Blaise sous Arzillières, a village and commune in the Marne département of north eastern France * Cirey sur Blaise, a village and commune in the Haute Marne département of north eastern France * Courcelles sur Blaise …   Wikipedia

  • Blaise — ist die französische Form des Vornamens Blasius. Namensträger sind unter anderen: Blaise Cendrars, Schweizer Schriftsteller Blaise Diagne, senegalesischer Politiker Blaise Pascal, französischer Philosoph Blaise ist der Familienname folgender… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blaise — Blaise, Blaize Nom de personne (latin blasius = bègue) popularisé par saint Blaise, qui mourut écorché vif par des peignes de fer servant à carder la laine. La forme Blaise est très fréquente en Lorraine, tandis que les Blaize se rencontrent… …   Noms de famille

  • Blaise — m French: the name (Latin Blasius, probably from blaesus lisping) of a saint popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages but almost forgotten today. He was a bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, and was martyred in the early years of the 4th century;… …   First names dictionary

  • Blaise — (spr. Bläs), 1) Nebenfluß der Marne in Frankreich, entspringt im Departement Ober–Marne, mündet bei Avigny, treibt viele Eisenwerke; 2) (St. B.), Pfarrdorf am Neuenburger See im Schweizercanton Neuenburg, Weinbau; 1100 Ew.; Spuren römischer… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • blaise — Scottish variant of BLAZE (Cf. blaze) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Blaise — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Saint Blaise et Saint Blaise. Blaise est un nom propre qui peut désigner : Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Blaise — (Biagio) (3 février) (3 février) évêque de Sébaste, en Arménie (aujourd hui Sivas, en Turquie), mort martyrisé en 316. Médecin, puis vécut retiré dans une grotte dans une forêt. Selon la légende, lorqu il priait, les animaux sauvages venaient l… …   Dictionnaire des saints

  • Blaise — französische Form von → Blasius (Bedeutung vermutlich: der Königliche, auch: der Lispelnde) Namensträger: Blaise Pascal, französischer Philosoph …   Deutsch namen

  • Blaise — Provenance. Vient du latin blaesus Signifie bègue Se fête le 3 février. Histoire. Saint Blaise est évêque en Arménie, au IVème siècle. Il ne supporte pas le luxe lié à sa fonction et se retire dans une grotte où il vit en ermite entouré d animaux …   Dictionnaire des prénoms français, arabes et bretons

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