name Blakhale comes from the family having resided in the village of Blackall in
, or one of numerous other minor locations of the same name. The place-name is derived from
, which indicated a manor, which was dark in color or in a dark area.
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Blakhale has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Blakhales to arrive on North American shores: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.