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First name origin & meaning:

Native American: Tall child

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: variant spelling of Bligh.
  2. German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German blī ‘lead’.
  3. Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij.
  4. Swedish: possibly German in origin (see 2 above) or a soldier’s name.
  5. 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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