This interesting name, found in London church recordings in the early 17th Century, derives from either the Germanic element "blei", lead (Yiddish "blay") or the Ashkenazic ornamental name "blum", flower or the medieval English "blome", ingot of iron (olde English "bloma") plus the second element "man", possibly from the Germanic "mann", man which is a popular element in Germanic surnames. Hence, the name could mean a man who mined or worked with lead or iron or a man who grew or sold flowers. John Blowman married Ann Warrin at St. Botolph Bishopsgate, London on July 24th 1657 while Henry, son of John and Mary Bloman was christened at Staines, London on September 26th 1681. John James Blooman married Maria Hampleton at St. James, Westminster, London on April 8th 1816 and Emma Bleuman married Alfred Goddard at St. Andrews, Bethnal Green on June 25th 1849. Ada Martha, daughter of Frederick and Anne Bleuman was christened at St. Dunstan, Stepney on March 15th 1868. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Abell Blowman, (christening) which was dated November 17th 1616, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London, during the reign of King James 1, of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. 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.
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