Origin and Distribution of the Family Name Blessing

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The family name Blessing derives from Saint Blasius. The martyr Blasius of Sebaste lived in Armenia in the beginning of the 4th century and kept a boy from suffocating by a fishbone. His name comes from Ancient Greek "basileos" = "royal". The family name is mentioned 1293 as "Blässing" and 1506 as "Blesingk". Further forms are "Blas", "Bläsi", "Blaschke" etc. The map above was made by counting a telephone-CD and shows the centre of the family name in the district Göppingen and furthermore a movement of the name along the Swabian Alb.