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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Bland
  1. Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave; as, a bland temper; bland persuasion; a bland sycophant."Exhilarating vapor bland." [Milton.]
  2. Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating; as, a bland oil; a bland diet.

Etymology: L. blandus, of unknown origin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
  2. Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting ("a bland little drama")
  3. Lacking taste or flavor or tang ("a bland diet")

From Middle English blanden, blonden, from Old English blandan (“to blend, mix, mingle; trouble, disturb, corrupt”), from Proto-Germanic *blandaną (“to mix, blend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ- (“to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind”). Cognate with Danish and Norwegian blande, Swedish blanda (“to mix, mingle, shuffle, blend”), Icelandic blanda (“to mix”). See also blend.

From Middle English bland, from Old English bland, blond (“blending, mixture, confusion”), from Proto-Germanic *blandą (“a mixing, mixture”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ- (“to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind”). Cognate with Icelandic blanda (“a mixture of liquids, especially of hot whey and water”).

  1. (Britain dialectal) Mixture; union.
  2. A summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.

Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).

    bland was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Bland

    Notable Persons Named Bland

    Bland Simpson

    Bland Holt

    Bland was born on March 24th, 1851. He left this life on June 28th, 1942.

    Bland Ballard

    Bland Ballard was an Associate Justice of the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky and Associate Justice of theUnited States District Court for the District of Kentucky. Bland was born on September 4th, 1819 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He left this life on July 29th, 1879.

    Bland Finley

    Bland Massie

    Bland Massie was a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, from Nelson County, Member of theVirginia House of Delegates, and fromNelson County. His most notable accomplishments were from 1912 to 1916. Bland was given the name Bland Barksdale Massie on November 10th, 1854 in Tyro, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1924.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bland

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bland

    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Bobby "Blue" Bland was a blues, soul blues, rhythm, and soul music singer-songwriter, arrangement, and bandleader. He plays Harmonica and Vocals. Bobby was given the name Robert Calvin Brooks on January 27th, 1930 in Barretville, Tennessee. Bobby is also known as Blue" and "The Lion of the Blues". He left this life on June 23rd, 2013.

    Michael Bland

    Michael Bland is a rock, pop, r&b, soul, funk, funk rock, funk metal, new wave, dance, psychedelic rock, hip hop, rhythm, blues, soul music, new wave music, electronic dance music, and hip hop music musician. His ongoing career started in 1989. Michael was born Michael Bland on March 14th, 1969. Michael is also known as Michael B. and Michael B. (with The New Power Generation).

    Archie Bland

    Archie Bland is a journalist, editing, author, and editor. Archie was given the name James Franklin Archibald Bland on October 7th, 1983 in Abbots Worthy.

    Richard Bland

    Richard was born on May 6th, 1710 in Orange County, Virginia. He left this life on October 26th, 1776.

    Billy Bland

    Billy Bland is a rhythm and blues singing and songwriter. He was most prominent from 1948 to 1963. Billy was born on April 5th, 1932 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Jeff Blando

    Jeff Blando is a rock music guitarist. He plays Guitar and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Jeff was given the name Jeff Bland on December 6th, 1964 in Flint, Michigan.

    • Lilian Bland
    • Richard P. Bland
    • Hubert Bland
    • Percy Bland
      Mayor of Meridian
    • Richard Bland
    • John Bland
      Golf Player
    • Oscar Bland
      Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs
    • Theodorick Bland
    • Schuyler Otis Bland
      Chairman of House Committee on Merchant Marine
    • Francis Bland
    • Leonard Thomas Bland
    • J.O.P. Bland
    • Sammy Bland
    • Doug Bland

    Common last names for Bland

    • Ballard
    • Edwards

    Common first names for Bland

    • James
    • William
    • John
    • Mary
    • Robert
    • George
    • Thomas
    • Joseph
    • Richard
    • Willie
    • Margaret
    • Helen
    • Ruth
    • Edward
    • Martha
    • David
    • Annie

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bland U.S.
      White 60.20% 64.26%
      African American 34.26% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bland

    People with the last name Bland are most frequently White or African American

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Bland

  1. How Popular is the name Bland? Bland is the 18,950th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bland was the 1,315th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Bland have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 408 babies born with the first name Bland in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bland to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Bland? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1907 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  4. When was Bland first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bland is Monday, September 1st, 1879.
  5. What year had the most people named Bland born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bland was in 1920 with a total of 16 babies.
  6. Weird things about the name Bland: The name spelled backwards is Dnalb. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Baldn. How do you pronounce that?
  7. How many people have the last name Bland? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,722 people with the last name Bland.
  8. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bland? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Bland as their last name.
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