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.
Early Origins of the Blachford family
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
Early History of the Blachford family
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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.
Early Notables of the Blachford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blachford family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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