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Blackewood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Blackewood was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Blackewood family lived in Ayrshire, but interestingly, the name Blackewood may also be derived from the Old English words blaec, which means black, and wudu, which means wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.

Early Origins of the Blackewood family


The surname Blackewood was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Blackewood family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackewood research.
Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blackewood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blackewood Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Blackewood has appeared as Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.

Early Notables of the Blackewood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Blackewood family to Ireland


Some of the Blackewood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blackewood family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: the Blackwoods who settled in Swain's Island, Newfoundland, and moved to the mainland to Bona Vista Bay in the early 19th century; Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista in 1826.

The Blackewood Motto


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: Per vias rectas
Motto Translation: By right ways.


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