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What does Bligh mean?

Bligh Pronunciation of Bligh [bligh] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bligh is "bliss". Related to Bliss and Blythe, but due to the fame of English sea captain William Bligh, whose crew on the HMS Bounty mutinied in 1789, it has taken on connotations of severity, even tyranny. Men under Bligh's command staged rebellion twice more, in 1794 and in 1808.

Associated with: old english, fame, sea, captain (leader).


Bligh has 1 variant: Bly.

1 more related form via Blythe: Blithe.

Creative forms:
(male) Blaigh, Blila, ..

(female) Blida, Blira, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bligh Ellison (B.E.), ..

How popular is Bligh?

Bligh is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#32302 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. The only prominent alternative form of Bligh (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 is Bliss. This form of Bligh was popular as a birth name during the years 1880-1889. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bliss in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bligh and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bligh is pronounced similarly to Blais. Other recommended names are Bergh, Binh, Brigg, Burgh, Leigh and Reigh. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bligh.