Family name origins & meanings
- English : evidently from Old English blōd ‘blood’, but with what significance is not clear. In Middle English the word was in use as a metonymic occupational term for a physician, i.e. one who lets blood, and also as an affectionate term of address for a blood relative.
- Welsh : Anglicized form of Welsh ap Llwyd‘son of Llwyd’ (see Lloyd).