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Where did the English Blackadder family come from? What is the English Blackadder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blackadder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blackadder family history?

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Although the name, Blackadder, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Blackadder, Blackader, Blackater, Blacketter, Blaicketter, Blacader and many more.

First found in Berwickshire, Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackadder research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1477, 1494, 1508, 1615, 1686, 1622, 1685, 1626, 1670, 1461, 1664 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Blackadder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackadder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Blackadder family name Blackadder, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Blackadder Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Blackadder, who landed in New England in 1700
  • Donald Blackadder who settled in New England in 1720

Blackadder Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alex Blackadder, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Alexander Blackadder, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Agnes Blackadder, aged 17, who settled in America from Coatbridge, in 1893

Blackadder Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie Blackadder, aged 32, who landed in America from Paisley, in 1904
  • Alexr. Blackadder, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Blackwood, Scotland, in 1911
  • Agnes Blackadder, aged 64, who emigrated to the United States from Blackwood, Scotland, in 1911
  • James Blackadder, aged 65, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • George Blackadder, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Johnstone, Scotland, in 1922


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  • Major General Charles Blackadder (1869-1921), British general in the First World War
  • Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE, RA, RSA (b. 1931), Scottish painter and printmaker
  • Todd Blackadder (b. 1971), New Zealand rugby player


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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: Vise a la fine
Motto Translation: Look to the end.

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The Blackadder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackadder 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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