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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.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakely research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are 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 101 words(7 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

  • Peter Blakely, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Blakely Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Blakely settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Blakely Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Blakely, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Mrs. Blakely, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • James Blakely, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819
  • Joseph Blakely settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • English Blakely, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834


  • Susan Blakely (b. 1948), American film actress
  • Sara Blakely (b. 1971), American businesswoman
  • Marqus Austin Blakely (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Diann Blakely (b. 1957), American poet, essayist, and reviewer
  • Winston Blakely, American fine arts/comic book artist and former art teacher
  • William F. Blakely (1872-1951), Australian botanist and collector
  • Colin George Blakely (1930-1987), Northern Irish character actor
  • Rachel Blakely (b. 1968), Australian actress
  • William F. Blakely (1875-1941), Australian botanist and collector


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  11. ...

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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