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Where did the Scottish Black family come from? What is the Scottish Black family crest and coat of arms? When did the Black family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Black family history?The annals of the ancient Scottish bards frequently refer to the surname Black and it springs from three separate and distinct sources. In examining the ancient origins, historians are undecided whether the name Black derives from the Old English Blaecor Blac. The former means black the color, but the later means the opposite, that is, pale or bright. However, it is concluded that it is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and one of the first references to the family Black is when Blaecca was a prefect of the city of Lincoln, England in 628 and he and his family were recorded as being converted to Christianity by Paulinus, a missionary.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Black, Blacke and others.
First found in Lincolnshire. The movement northwards appears to have taken place about 1175 A.D. when Hugh Niger is recorded in Angus (Niger is the Latin version of Black). Adam de Black was a juror in an inquisition held at Lanark in 1303 and from this point in time, the more complete records of the period yield no less than twenty one references to members of the Black family in the Scottish lowlands and as far north as Inverness and Aberdeen.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Black research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1756 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Black History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Black Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Black family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 150 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Black Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Black Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Black Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non crux sed lux
Motto Translation: Not the cross, but the light.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Black
Blache, Black, Blacke, Blak, Blitch and more.
The Black Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Black 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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