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Where did the English Blacker family come from? What is the English Blacker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blacker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blacker family history?

Blacker is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a fabric bleacher having derived from the Old English word blaecan which literally means to bleach. The first record of the name was with the spelling Blakere in Norfolk in 1047-64, [1] pre- Domesday Book which is quite rare.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Blacker has appeared include Blacker, Blacre, Blackers, Blaker, Blackre, Blacar, Blaiker, Blackar, Blackire and many more.

First found in Somerset. The name was also a baptismal name as in 'the son of Blacre' or as Blacar which were listed in the Domesday Book. [2] Notwithstanding the claim by the Irish branch of the family that they are descended from Blacar, a Norse chieftain who settled in Dublin, Ireland, sometime around the tenth century, there is no hard evidence of this relationship, and it is unlikely that such a family would have moved northward to Armagh. The Cartularium Abbathiae de Whiteby, Ordinis S. Benedicti has three listings of the name from the 12th century: Richard filius Blacker; Baldwin filius Blacker; and Walterus filius Godfridi filius Blacker. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blacker research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1630, 1678, 1660, 1678 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Blacker History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blacker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Blacker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Blacker arrived in North America very early:

Blacker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliza Blacker, who landed in Virginia in 1649

Blacker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Blacker, who arrived in New Jersey in 1810
  • Robert Blacker, who landed in New Jersey in 1810
  • Edward Blacker, who arrived in New Jersey in 1810
  • William Blacker, who arrived in Mississippi in 1845
  • Patrick Blacker settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850

Blacker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Blacker, aged 48, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"


  • Irwin Blacker (1942-2007), American author, screenwriter, and teacher at University of Southern California
  • Terence Blacker (b. 1948), English author, columnist, journalist, and publisher
  • Sir Cecil Hugh Blacker (d. 2002), British General in the service of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, and an amateur steeplechase jockey


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Blacker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blacker 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.

This page was last modified on 14 December 2014 at 17:15.

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