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Updated January 25, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Native American : Tall child

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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 blī ‘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’.

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