There art two possible origins of the Irish surname Blayke. The first is that it originated from the Gaelic "O Blathmhaic," which translates as "descendant of Blathmhac," a personal name
for the Gaelic "blath" meaning "flower", "blossom", "fame", "prosperity." The second was that the name could have been derived from the Old English word "blaec" meaning "dark" or "swarthy."
Early Origins of the Blayke family
The surname Blayke was first found in Connacht
(Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where the Blake family were one of the Tribes of Galway
, descending from Richard Caddell (le Blac), sheriff of Connacht
in 1303, who came to Ireland
with Prince John in 1185, and used both the surnames Caddell and Blake. The name Caddell is Welsh
, and means "warlike." It was not replaced completely by Blake until the 17th century, and for three hundred
years, people with these surnames were referred to in municipal records by both names. Richard Caddle was sheriff of Connaught
in 1306 A.D. and was a tenant
of Falway under Richard de Burgo (Burke), the Red Earl of Ulster.
Early History of the Blayke family
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Blayke Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Blayke that are preserved in documents of the family history are Blake, Caddell, Caddle and others.
Early Notables of the Blayke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blayke family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Blayke: William Blake who came from Essex
, sailed on the "Mary and John" in 1630 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts; George Blake settled in Gloucester in 1640.
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