Bly Family History
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Bly Name Meaning
English: variant spelling of Bligh. German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German bli ‘lead’. Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij. Swedish: possibly German in origin (see 2 above) or a soldier’s name. Americanized form of a Norwegian habitational name from a farmstead in Hardanger named Bleie, from a river name from Old Norse bleikr ‘gray’, ‘pale’ + vin ‘meadow’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press