Etymology and Germanic paganism
The modern English language term bless likely derives from the 1225 term blessen, which developed from the
Old English blǣdsian (preserved in the
Northumbrian dialect around 950 AD).
 The term also appears in other forms, such as blēdsian (before 830), blētsian from around 725 and blesian from around 1000, all meaning to make sacred or holy by a sacrificial custom in the
Anglo-Saxon pagan period, originating in
Germanic paganism; to mark with blood.
 Due to this, the term is related to the term blōd, meaning
 References to this indigenous practice,
Blót, exist in related
The modern meaning of the term may have been influenced in translations of the Bible into Old English during the process of
Christianization to translate the
Latin term benedīcere meaning to "speak well of", resulting in meanings such as to "praise" or "extol" or to speak of or to wish well.