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

The name Bleck comes from a name for a person associated with the color black. The name Bleck may have referred to someone with black hair or clothing, or to somone who worked in a profession such as chimney sweeping, which left its practitioners covered in soot.

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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 Bleck include Black, Blacke and others.

First found in Lincolnshire 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. It is said that the first family of Black were converted to Christianity by Paulinus, the head of the family being Prefect of Lincoln, about 628. They moved northward, however, and were well established in Scotland by 1175 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleck research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1756, 1760, 1778, 1797, 1854, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Bleck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bleck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bleck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 150 words(11 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 Bleck or a variant listed above:

Bleck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Phillip Bleck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Jacob Bleck, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1762

Bleck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • August Bleck, who landed in Texas in 1846

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