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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from Middle High German blā ‘blue’ (Old High German blāo), applied as a nickname with various senses: someone who habitually wore blue clothes, a dyer, someone with blue eyes, a sickly or pale person, someone with a bluish complexion resulting from poor circulation, etc.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name, one of the many such Ashkenazic surnames taken from names of colors.
  • Catalan : from blau ‘blue’.

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