The name Blalack was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a person with dark hair. As such, the Blalack 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 Blalack family
The surname Blalack 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 Blalack family
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Blalack Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations
. Blalack has been spelled Blacklock, Blakelock, Blacklocke, Blakelocke, Blaikelock, Blaiklock and many more.
Early Notables of the Blalack family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blalack family to Ireland
Some of the Blalack 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 Blalack family to the New World and Oceana
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence
. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: 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 Blalack (post 1700)
- Robert Campbell Blalack, Panama-born, British Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award winning visual effects specialist