The saga of the name Blakelock begins with a Strathclyde-Briton family in the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for a person with dark hair. As such, the Blakelock surname most likely evolved from a nickname
from the Middle English "blakelok," in turn from the Old English blec,
meaning "black," or "dark," and locc,
meaning a "lock of hair." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Black Loch, location names in Lanark, Renfrew and Stirling. CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
Early Origins of the Blakelock family
The surname Blakelock was first found in Westmorland
, 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.
Early History of the Blakelock family
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Blakelock Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Blakelock has been spelled Blacklock, Blakelock, Blacklocke, Blakelocke, Blaikelock, Blaiklock and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakelock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blakelock family to Ireland
Some of the Blakelock family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakelock family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Thomas Blacklocke, who settled in Virginia in 1623; George Blacklock, who settled in Barbados in 1635; as well as Martha Blacklock, who settled in Maryland in 1722..
Contemporary Notables of the name Blakelock (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General David Hazen Blakelock (1895-1975), American Commanding Officer, Services of Supply, Force 51 (1942-1943) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) David Blakelock. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Blakelock/David_Hazen/USA.html