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

The name Bleckley 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.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bleckley were recorded, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleckley research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Bleckley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Bleckley 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.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bleckley family emigrate to North America:

Bleckley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • S. Bleckley, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Alice Bleckley, aged 53, who settled in Wicheta, Kansas, in 1920

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  • Second Lieutenant Erwin Russell Bleckley (1894-1918), United States Army Air Service aviator during World War I, and posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Logan Edwin Bleckley (1827-1907), American lawyer and jurist


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