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

The history of the Blackshear family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Blackall in Devon, or one of numerous other minor locations of the same name. The place-name is derived from black hall, which indicated a manor, which was dark in color or in a dark area.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blackshear include Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackshear research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1655, 1716, 1708 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Blackshear History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackshear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blackshear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blackshear or a variant listed above:

Blackshear Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles C. Blackshear, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • J. J Blackshear, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Dr. C. Charles Blackshear, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1908

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  • Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Blackshear (b. 1969), American former NFL football guard who played from 1993 to 2002
  • Thomas Blackshear, African-American artist
  • Colin Blackshear (b. 1979), American filmmaker and painter
  • David Blackshear (b. 1764), American General during the War of 1812 and politician serving in the Georgia State Legislature, eponym of Lake Blackshear, Blackshear Trail and the city of Blackshear, Georgia
  • Wayne Blackshear (b. 1992), American college basketball player for the University of Louisville
  • Rodney Blackshear (b. 1969), American former arena football wide receiver
  • Ronald Blackshear Jr. (b. 1978), American former professional basketball player who played from 2004 to 2005


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