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Where did the English Blackwell family come from? What is the English Blackwell family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blackwell family history?

The ancestors of the Blackwell surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at one of two places called Blackwell, one near a parish in Derbyshire near Alfreton, and the other a township in the parish of Darlington, Durham having derived from the Old English words bloec, which means black and woell, which means spring or stream.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blackwell include Blackwell, Blackwall, Blackwill, Blackwel, Blaikewell, Blakewell, Blakewill, Blakewall, Blaikewall, Blakwill, Blackville, Blaikville, Blakeville, Bleckwell, Bleckwall, Bleckville, Plackwell, Plakewell, Plackville, Blatwell, Blatswill, Platwill and many more.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackwell research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1597, 1608, 1699, 1618 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Blackwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blackwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Blackwell Settlers in the 17th Century


  • Jeremy Blackwell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jeremy Blackwell, aged 18, arrived in America in 1635
  • Roger Blackwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Roger Blackwell settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Andrew Blackwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1638


Blackwell Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Elice Blackwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Blackwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • Robert Blackwell, who landed in New York in 1772

Blackwell Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Blackwell, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • John Blackwell settled in Quebec in 1825 with his family
  • John Blackwell, a painter, arrived in New South Wales sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Michael Blackwell, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845
  • William Blackwell, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"


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  • Chris Blackwell (b. 1937), English music executive, founder of Island records
  • Sir Basil Henry Blackwell (1889-1984), English publisher and bookseller
  • Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), British-born, American physician, the first woman to be awarded a medical doctorate in modern times
  • Henry Brown Blackwell (1825-1909), English-born, American reformer, abolitionist and supporter of women's suffrage
  • Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950), American feminist, journalist and human rights advocate
  • Carlyle Blackwell (1888-1955), American actor, director, and writer
  • David Harold Blackwell (1919-2010), American Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • John Kenneth Blackwell (b. 1942), American politician
  • Harolyn Blackwell (b. 1955), American lyric coloratura soprano
  • Private Robert Lester Blackwell (1895-1918), American soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor

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The Blackwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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