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The present generation of the Blackell family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at one of two places called Blackwell, one near a parish in Derbyshire near Alfreton, and the other a township in the parish of Darlington, Durham having derived from the Old English words bloec, which means black and woell, which means spring or stream.

Blackell Early Origins



The surname Blackell was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Blackell Early History


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Blackell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackell research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1597, 1608, 1699, 1618 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Blackell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackell Spelling Variations


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Blackell Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blackell include Blackwell, Blackwall, Blackwill, Blackwel, Blaikewell, Blakewell, Blakewill, Blakewall, Blaikewall, Blakwill, Blackville, Blaikville, Blakeville, Bleckwell, Bleckwall, Bleckville, Plackwell, Plakewell, Plackville, Blatwell, Blatswill, Platwill and many more.

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Blackell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Father George Blackwell, Roman Catholic Archpriest of England from 1597-1608; Isaac Blackwell (d.1699) English Cathedral organist and composer at...

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

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Blackell In Ireland


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Blackell In Ireland



Some of the Blackell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blackell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Jeremy Blackwell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Roger Blackwell settled in Virginia in 1636; John Blackwell settled in Quebec in 1825 with his family.

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