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Today's generation of the Blaceny family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blaceny family lived at Blakeney, in the county of Norfolk, or a place of the same name in Gloucester.

Early Origins of the Blaceny family


The surname Blaceny 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 Blaceny family

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Early History of the Blaceny family


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Blaceny Spelling Variations

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Blaceny Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blaceny include Blakeney, Blakeny, Blackney, Blakney, Blakny, Blaknie, Blakenie, Blaykney, Blayknie, Blaikney and many more.

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Early Notables of the Blaceny family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Blaceny family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Blaceny family to Ireland

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Migration of the Blaceny family to Ireland


Some of the Blaceny family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blaceny family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Blaceny family to the New World and Oceana


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Blacenys to arrive on North American shores: John Blackney who settled in Maryland in 1776; William Blakeney landed in North America in 1772.

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The Blaceny Motto

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The Blaceny 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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