Blackall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Blackall has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Blackall in Devon, or one of numerous other minor locations of the same name. The place-name is derived from black hall, which indicated a manor, which was dark in color or in a dark area.

Early Origins of the Blackall family

The surname Blackall was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Blackhall can be found "in the regality of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. William de Blackhall who appears on a jury of inquest retouring William de Tullidaff of Lentush and Rothmaise heir of his father in 1398 is apparently the first of the name recorded. " [1]

Early History of the Blackall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackall research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1420, 1499, 1547, 1655, 1716, 1708, 1716, 1690, 1694, 1792, 1760, 1763, 1770 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Blackall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blackall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blackall have been found, including Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.

Early Notables of the Blackall family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Offspring Blackall (bap. 1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter (1708-1716.) He "did not come into public notice until he was a middle-aged man, and of his early years little is known. He was born in London, and in due time became a member of St. Catharine's Hall, Cambridge, where, it may be presumed, he lived a strictly religious life, for he is mentioned as one of the intimate college friends of the saintly James Bonnell,who chose none but the godly for his companions. In 1690...
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Ireland Migration of the Blackall family to Ireland

Some of the Blackall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Blackall migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Blackall, or a variant listed above:

Blackall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lawrence Blackall, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1851 [2]
Blackall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest George Blackall, aged 34, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • C. H. Blackall, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Charles W. Blackall, aged 35, who settled in America from Folkestone, England, in 1912
  • Alice Evelyn Blackall, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Charles Blackall, aged 36, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Blackall migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blackall Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Frank Blackall, aged 46, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1916
  • May Blackall, aged 37, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1916
  • Sydney Blackall, aged 1, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1916

Australia Blackall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blackall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Blackall, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Richard Blackall, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" [4]
  • Thomas Blackall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [5]

New Zealand Blackall migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

  • Joanna Blackall, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
Blackall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joanna Blackall, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Miss Mary Blackall, (b. 1818), aged 35, British governess travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blackall (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Howard Blackall (1857-1942), American architect who is estimated to have designed 300 theatres
  • John Blackall M.D. (1771-1860), English physician, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a pioneer in the study of renal disease
  • Sir Henry Blackall (1889-1981), English Barrister, Colonial Administrator, and Genealogist in Ireland
  • Jasper Blackall (1920-1956), British bronze medalist sailor at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • William E. Blackall (1876-1941), English-born, Western Australia medical doctor, best known for his contribution to that state's botany
  • William Walker Blackall (1864-1943), English clergyman and education, Anglican Superintendent of Education in Newfoundland
  • Colonel Samuel Wensley Blackall (1809-1871), Irish-born, Australian administrator, Governor of Queensland (1868-1871)
  • George Blackall Simonds (1843-1929), English sculptor and director of H & G Simonds Brewery

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from
  6. ^ Genies' Jottings Various Ships Lists Maori (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook
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