First Generation

1. John DE BURSEBLADES1,2,3 was born about 1525 in Yorkshire, England.1,2 He was also known as John De Burse Blaides.1,2 He died in Yorkshire, England.1

This interesting name of English origin has two possible meanings. The first being a metonymic occupational name for a culter (a maker or dealer in knives) and is a derivation of the Olde English pre 7th Century "bloed", or Middle English "blade", cutting edge. Alternatively it is a locational name from a so called "lost" village in Northern England which is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, when Drago de Bewere a Danish nobleman settled there and obtained extensive land grants. The name became Burseblades (Bewere's Blades) but was shortened to Blades in the 16th Century. William de Blades is recorded as living in Yorkshire in 1301 and one Aun Blades married John Abrey on December 8th 1657 at All Hallows, London Wall, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jacke Blade, which was dated 1297, Wakefield Court Rolls, Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward I, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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. (

Its status as a habitational name is deduced from early forms cited by Reaney, such as Alan de Bladis (Leicestershire 1230), Hugh de Bladis (Staffordshire 1258), and William de Blades (Yorkshire 1301). (Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Inc. © 2006 Patrick Hanks)

The family, originally Danish, was settled in the county of Durham in eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Hutchinson, in his History, states that they had assumed the local name of Burse-blades, or Purse-blades, from residing at Burs-blades, in the parish of Lanchester, near Durham, as appears by Bolden Book, and that they had enjoyed considerable possessions there under the Bishop of Durham. The first mentioned in Bolden Book is Radulphi, Counti de Bursebred, or Burse-bleyd, whose son, Philip De Buresblades, was grandfather of John De Bursesblades, one of whose sons, William De Burseblades, b. about 1550, having married Margaret Appleyard, daughter and heiress of – Appleyard, of Helsington, in Yorkshire, lord mayor of York,…” ("A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions Or High Official Rank, But Univested with Heritable Honours", John Burke, 1833, Pages 667-668, Published by R. Bentley, New Burlington Street, London)

John DE BURSEBLADES had the following children:






William BLADES was born in 1540 in Of Sutton In Holderness, England. He died. He was buried bur. 3 Mar 1591 in Of Sutton In Holderness, England.