Francoise Blaye

28 September 1734–
Boucherville,Chambly,Que

The Life of Francoise

When Francoise Blaye was christened on 28 September 1734, her father, Jean-Baptiste Blais, was 48 and her mother, Marie Jeanne Sénécal, was 39.

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Jean-Baptiste Blais
1685–1752
Marie Jeanne Sénécal
1695–
Marie Francoise Blais
1734–1752
Francoise Blaye
1734–
Joseph Blais
1736–1805

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Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Black 1, meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘dark-haired’, from a byform of the Old English adjective blæc, blac ‘black’, with change of vowel length.2 English: nickname from Old English blāc ‘wan’, ‘pale’, ‘white’, ‘fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blāc, with opposite meanings, fell together as Middle English blake. In the absence of independent evidence as to whether the person referred to was dark or fair, it is now impossible to tell which sense was originally meant.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’, a personal name from bláth ‘flower’, ‘blossom’, ‘fame’, ‘prosperity’ + mac ‘son’. In some instances, however, the Irish name is derived from Old English blæc ‘dark’, ‘swarthy’, as in 1 above. Many bearers are descended from Richard Caddell, nicknamed le blac, sheriff of Connacht in the early 14th century. The English name has been Gaelicized de Bláca.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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