UPDATE: 2020 Earl(e) erases his own history (click here).

Why would Earl(e) de Blonville put the original “e” he was born with back on his first name two decades after he deleted it? 

Born Earle Robert Bloomfield, Earl changed his name in about 2000 to Earl de Blonville because he believes he is descended from one of William the Conqueror’s knights. He also believes he is the Viscount de Blonville of Saxmundham and made the calling cards to prove it. Earl operated with that name until 2018 when he put the original “e” he was born with back on his first name.

On the legal registration records of Oceanic Research Institute his name is spelled Earl, not Earle. On the registration as a non-profit, his name is spelled Earl, not Earle. Given that these documents have legal consequences it is reasonable to assume that they REQUIRE the applicants LEGAL name. 

His credential for an ocean science meeting in the South Pacific has his name as “Earl” without an “e” just like his twitter name. This begs the question of whether Earl(e) actually legally changed his name back to the +e spelling or is just using it while his legal name (passport, bank accounts, drivers license, etc.) remains Earl. Which further begs the question, why? 

This may be the answer. 

Earl’s original website, started in 2010, is earldeblonville.com (let’s call it -e). In 2013 Earl purchased earledeblonville.com (+e) although he doesn’t appear to have “deployed” it, made it visible on the internet, until 2018. Sometime between August 8 and November 12, 2018 Earl switched his “official” content to the “+e” site. But here’s the rub, if you google the original URL (-e) you are automatically redirected to the new (+e) website. If you then go to the wayback machine (archive.org) and enter the “+e” URL, it seems Earl’s website only begins in 2017. If, after searching on the “+e” site within wayback machine, you then search for the “-e” site, you are automatically redirected to the +e” site. In other words if you were someone searching Earl for the first time, you would conclude that his web history (and archive of his many professional claims) starts in 2018. 

Only if your FIRST search on the archive.org page is for earldeblonville.com “-e” do you find the full archive of Earl’s website. And the thing is, there is nothing in the original website archive that speaks to Earl’s current scheme, Oceanic Research Institute. No mention of marine science research, oceanic research, etc. Instead the page touts Earl as a famous author, speaker, leadership guru, C-Suite Business Coach, etc. etc. The archived pages include evidence of false and overblown claims. 

Here’s the Wayback Archive for “+e”, Earl’s current website:

And the wayback archive for “-e”, Earl’s original website: