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Blacenay is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blacenay family lived at Blakeney, in the county of Norfolk, or a place of the same name in Gloucester.

Early Origins of the Blacenay family


The surname Blacenay was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Blakeney which was the "King's Land" at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey initiated by Duke William in 1086 after his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Blakeney consisted of seven villages whose tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh of Chester. Some of these villages were submerged by the sea by the Middle Ages. Conjecturally, the Blakeneys are descended from the first early Norman noble who held his lands from Earl Hugh. One reference states "Blakeney is a parish in Norfolk, in which county the family had great possessions. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Early History of the Blacenay family

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Early History of the Blacenay family


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Blacenay Spelling Variations

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Blacenay Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Blacenay are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Blacenay include Blakeney, Blakeny, Blackney, Blakney, Blakny, Blaknie, Blakenie, Blaykney, Blayknie, Blaikney and many more.

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Early Notables of the Blacenay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Blacenay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Blacenay family to Ireland

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Migration of the Blacenay family to Ireland


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Migration of the Blacenay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Blacenay family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Blacenay, or a variant listed above: John Blackney who settled in Maryland in 1776; William Blakeney landed in North America in 1772.

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The Blacenay Motto

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The Blacenay Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auxilium meum ab alto
Motto Translation: My help is from above.


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Citations

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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