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The annals of the ancient Scottish bards frequently refer to the surname Black and it springs from three separate and distinct sources. In examining the ancient origins, historians are undecided whether the name Black derives from the Old English Blaecor Bla c. The former means black the color, but the later means the opposite, that is, pale or bright. However, it is concluded that it is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and one of the first references to the family Black is when Blaecca was a prefect of the city of Lincoln, England in 628 and he and his family were recorded as being converted to Christianity by Paulinus, a missionary.

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The surname Black was first found in Lincolnshire. The movement northwards appears to have taken place about 1175 A.D. when Hugh Niger is recorded in Angus (Niger is the Latin version of Black). Adam de Black was a juror in an inquisition held at Lanark in 1303 and from this point in time, the more complete records of the period yield no less than twenty one references to members of the Black family in the Scottish lowlands and as far north as Inverness and Aberdeen.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Black, Blacke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Black research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1756 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Black History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Blacks of Wateridgemuir, the senior branch of the family; and Joseph Black, a Scottish chemist, and Professor of Anatomy (1756-60)...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Black Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Black family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Black Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Black, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Henry Black, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1645
  • Richard Black, who landed in New England in 1645
  • Daniel Black, who was banished to America, arriving in Boston in 1652
  • Jacke Black, who landed in Virginia in 1657
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Black Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Black, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Abraham Black, who settled in Virginia in 1713
  • Abraham Black, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Jacob Black, who came to New England in 1718
  • Thomas Black, who arrived in Virginia in 1740
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Black Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Black, who landed in America in 1805
  • Edward Black, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Hugh Black, who arrived in Allegany (ALlegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • William Black, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • W Black, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
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Black Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Black, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Black, who came to Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • William Black, aged 43, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mr. James Black U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Jonathan Black U.E who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783
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Black Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Walter Black, who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • Mary Anne Black, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Matty Black, aged 1, landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Robert Black, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Sibby Black, aged 45, landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
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Black Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Black, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert Black arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Elizabeth Black arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Elizabeth Ann Black arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Pat Black arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
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Black Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Black landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Black landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Andrew Black arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Robert Black, aged 39, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ellen Black, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
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  • Brigadier-General Garland Cuzorte Black (1894-1951), American Commandant Army Service Forces Training Center (1945-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Frederick Harry Black (1894-1986), American Commanding Officer Artillery 99th Division (1943-1945)
  • Eugene "Gene" Robert Black Sr. (1898-1992), President of the World Bank from 1949 to 1963 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Karen Black (1939-2013), born Karen Blanche Ziegler, an American two-time Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter
  • Greene Vardiman Black (1836-1915), American dentist, pioneering professor of dentistry
  • James Black (1823-1893), American temperance leader
  • Hugo Lafayette Black (1886-1971), American judge
  • Sir James Whyte Black OM, FRS, FRSE, FRCP (b. 1924), Scottish pharmacologist, who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
  • Adam Black (1784-1874), Scottish publisher
  • Joseph Black (1728-1799), Scottish chemist
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Black Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Rosina Black (1881-1914), née Leitch Canadian Second Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Wilson Black (1875-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Black, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Black, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Joseph Black, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Alexander Black (d. 1912), aged 28, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. D. Black (d. 1912), aged 41, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Black Family Record by Doris Louise Black.
  • Climbing Our Family Tree by Edith Black and Lois Jones.
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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: Non crux sed lux
Motto Translation: Not the cross, but the light.

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Black Clan Badge
Black Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Black
Blache, Black, Blacke, Blak, Blitch and more.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Black Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Black 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.

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