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Where did the English Blakely family come from? What is the English Blakely family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blakely family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blakely family history?The name Blakely dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blęcleah which meant "dark wood" or "dark clearing". The hamlet of Blackley was mentioned in the Domesday Book and little growth of the community was seen until the 19th century. By the middle of the 17th century Blackley was a village of just 107 inhabitants. Today Blackley is a suburb of Manchester with a population of over 10,000 people. There is also a hamlet named Blackey in West Yorkshire.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blakely have been found, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakely research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1321 is included under the topic Early Blakely History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Blakely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Blakely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Blakely, or a variant listed above:
Blakely Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Blakely Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Blakely Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Blakely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blakely 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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