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

The earliest origins of the name Blackstock are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfries (now part of the region of Galloway), where the family held lands since the early Middle Ages. The Blackstock surname was a topographic name, from the Middle English word blak(e) meaning "black," and stok meaning "stump."

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Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Blackstock has been spelled Blackstock, Blackstok, Blackstocks, Blakstoc and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackstock research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1517, 1524, 1549, and 1570 are included under the topic Early Blackstock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Blackstock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blackstock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Blackstock family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Blackstock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Blackstock who settled in Carolina in 1794

Blackstock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Blackstock arrived in South Carolina in 1805
  • Edward Blackstock, who arrived in South Carolina in 1805
  • John Blackstock, who arrived in South Carolina in 1810
  • Robert Blackstock settled in New York State in 1820
  • James Blackstock arrived in New York in 1832


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  • Darryl Blackstock (b. 1983), American NFL football player
  • Terri Blackstock (b. 1957), American novelist
  • Thomas M. Blackstock (1834-1913), Irish-born, American Republican politician and businessman
  • Thomas Blackstock (1882-1907), Scottish footballer
  • Dexter Blackstock (b. 1986), English footballer
  • George Tate Blackstock (1856-1921), Canadian civil and criminal lawyer in Toronto


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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Blackstock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackstock 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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