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The name Blackburn is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the town of Blackburn in the county of Lancashire. This place-name is derived from the Old English word burn, meaning stream, and referred to a stream in a dark area, or where the water was muddy. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Blackburn Early Origins



The surname Blackburn was first found in Lancashire at Blackburn, a parish, and the head of a union, in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn. "This place takes its name from a small rivulet near the town, which, from the turbid state of the water, was anciently called Blakeburn, or "the yellow bourne." A castle is said to have been built here, probably by the Romans, which, after their departure from the island, was occupied successively by the Britons and the Saxons; but there are no vestiges of it, nor can even its site be distinctly ascertained. Blackburn was formerly the capital of a district called Blackburnshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The earliest record of the family was Henry de Blackeburn who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1206. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus de Blakburn; Cristoforus de Blakeburn; and Johannes de Blakburn. A few years later, John de Blakeburne was listed in the Preston Guild Rolls of 1397. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Further to the north in Scotland, the name was derived from "one or other of several small places so named. Willelmus de Blakeburne was witness in 1243 to the ratification of the gift of the church of Lescelyn to Lundors. Robert de Blakeburne of Berwickshire rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England]. William de Blakburne appears as Abbot of Cambuskenneth, 1394. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


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Blackburn Spelling Variations


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Blackburn Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blackburn family name include Blackburn, Blackbyrn, Blackbirn, Blackburne, Blackborn, Blagburn, Blackbyrne and many more.

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Blackburn Early History


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Blackburn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackburn research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1243, 1296, 1501, 1658 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Blackburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackburn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackburn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blackburn surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Blackburn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Blackburn settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Daniel Blackburn who settled in Virginia in the year 1640
  • Samuel Blackburn, who arrived in Maryland in 1660
  • Robert Blackburn, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Blackburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Blackburn, who arrived in Georgia in 1751
  • Richard Blackburn, who arrived in Virginia in 1757
  • Benjamin Blackburn, who arrived in Bermuda in 1774
  • Eleanor Wardrobe Blackburn, who landed in Virginia in 1785

Blackburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Blackburn, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1816
  • Thomas Blackburn, who landed in New York in 1846
  • W Blackburn, who landed in San Francisca, California in 1851
  • D Blackburn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mr. Blackburn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blackburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ann Blackburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Christ Blackburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Jacob Blackburn, aged 27, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Thomas Blackburn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Robert Blackburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blackburn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Blackburn, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Catherine Blackburn, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

Blackburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Blackburn, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Susan Blackburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Charles Blackburn, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • William Blackburn, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Catherine Blackburn, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blackburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Blackburn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Anthony W. Blackburn, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • C. W. Blackburn, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Jane Blackburn, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackburn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackburn (post 1700)



  • Tommy Blackburn (1913-1994), American naval aviator and World War II flying ace
  • Tom W. Blackburn (1913-1992), American writer and lyricist
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Welch Blackburn (1892-1964), American Commanding Officer 3rd Fighter Command (1944-1946)
  • Lou Blackburn (b. 1922), American jazz trombonist
  • Paul Blackburn (1926-1971), American Poet and translator
  • Clarice Blackburn (1921-1995), American actress
  • Robert Blackburn (b. 1920), American artist, printmaker and teacher
  • Barbara Blackburn (d. 2008), American World's fastest typist
  • Alan Blackburn (1935-2014), English footballer who played from 1954 to 1968
  • John Derek Hepburn Blackburn (1924-1987), English first-class cricketer
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Blackburn Historic Events


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Blackburn Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  Blackburn Sr. (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Eva  Blackburn (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master James  Blackburn (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Gerald St. Clair  Blackburn (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. J G Blackburn, British Pay Sub Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George A. Blackburn, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name Blackburn


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Suggested Readings for the name Blackburn



  • Blackburn and Allied Descendants of John Blackburn, Sr., Who Came from Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1736 by Evelyn Gibson.
  • Blackburns, Today and Yesterday by Frances Blackburn Hilliard.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  11. ...

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