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Blachewold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Blachewold. The Blachewold family lived in Ayrshire, but interestingly, the name Blachewold may also be derived from the Old English words blaec, which means black, and wudu, which means wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.

Early Origins of the Blachewold family


The surname Blachewold was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Blachewold family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blachewold research.
Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blachewold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blachewold Spelling Variations


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Blachewold has appeared as Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.

Early Notables of the Blachewold family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Blachewold family to Ireland


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


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: the Blackwoods who settled in Swain's Island, Newfoundland, and moved to the mainland to Bona Vista Bay in the early 19th century; Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista in 1826.

The Blachewold 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: Per vias rectas
Motto Translation: By right ways.


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