There are some surnames which are well recorded but offer few clues as to the definitive origin. This is one of them! Recorded as Bloan, Blown, Blowen, Blowne, Blowin, Blowing, Blunn and probably others, this is believed to be a surname of Welsh origins. If so it may be one of the versions of the popular Ap or Ab Owen, meaning the son of Owen or perhaps more likely derives from the personal name Blethyn or Blothin, recorded in the county of Shropshire in about 1580. Ap or Ap was similar to the Scottish and Irish Mac or Mc, but for dialectal reasons in most cases has become "fused" with the basic name. Examples of this phenomena include Ap Rice which became Price, and Ap Howell that became Powell, but there are dozens, if not hundreds of examples. Wales was one of the last countries in Europe to adopt fixed spelling hereditary surnames, and this again makes for difficult research. In this case early examples of recordings have been taken from surviving church registers of the Diocese of Greater London. These include Amphilius Blowyn, christened at St Margarets Westminster, on February 1st 1615, Anne Blown who married William Spence at the church of St Katharine by the Tower (of London) on June 25th 1679, and Elizabeth Blowing christened at St Giles Cripplegate, on March 18th 1713.

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  • Blown — Blown, p. p. & a. 1. Swollen; inflated; distended; puffed up, as cattle when gorged with green food which develops gas. [1913 Webster] 2. Stale; worthless. [1913 Webster] 3. Out of breath; tired; exhausted. Their horses much blown. Sir W. Scott.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blown — Blown, p. p. & a. Opened; in blossom or having blossomed, as a flower. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blown — blown; un·blown; …   English syllables

  • blown — blown1 [blōn] vi., vt. pp. of BLOW1 adj. 1. swollen or bloated 2. out of breath, as from exertion 3. flyblown 4. made by blowing or by using a blowpipe, etc. blown2 [blōn] …   English World dictionary

  • blown up — index inflated (enlarged) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • blown — [bləun US bloun] the past participle of ↑blow …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blown — the past participle of blow1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blown — early 15c., inflated, adjective from O.E. blawen, pp. of BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.1). Figurative sense of inflated by pride is from late 15c. Meaning out of breath is from 1670s. As a pp. adjective from BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.2), it was O.E. geblowenne …   Etymology dictionary

  • blown — adjective breathing hard; exhausted. → blow blown1 past participle of blow1. adjective informal (of a vehicle) provided with a turbocharger. blown2 past participle of blow3 …   English new terms dictionary

  • blown-up — adjective as of a photograph; made larger the enlarged photograph revealed many details • Syn: ↑enlarged • Similar to: ↑large, ↑big * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : enlarged …   Useful english dictionary

  • blown — blown1 /blohn/, adj. 1. inflated; swollen; expanded: a blown stomach. 2. destroyed, melted, inoperative, misshapen, ruined, or spoiled: to replace a blown fuse; to dispose of blown canned goods. 3. being out of breath. 4. flyblown. 5. formed by… …   Universalium

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