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The Anglo-Saxon name Blachford comes from when the family resided in one of two places called Blackford, both in the county of Somerset. One was a parish near Wincanton, while the other was a chapelry in the parish of Wedmore, near Axbridge. The name is derived from black ford, indicating a dark place in which there was a river crossing.

Blachford Early Origins



The surname Blachford was first found in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Blachford Spelling Variations


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Blachford Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blachford include Blachford, Blatchford and others.

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Blachford Early History


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Blachford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blachford research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1695 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Blachford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blachford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blachford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blachford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Stephen Blatchford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1826; Reverend Samuel Blatchford of Devonport in Devonshire, settled in Lansingburgh New York in 1795.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blachford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blachford (post 1700)



  • William Blachford (1730-1773), Irish librarian of Marsh's Library, Dublin, father of the poetess Mary Tighe
  • Cecil W. Blachford (1880-1965), Canadian professional ice hockey forward, member of Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1903, 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910
  • John Blachford, Lord Mayor of London in 1750

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Blachford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blachford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 September 2014 at 03:10.

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