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The Anglo-Saxon name Blackford comes from when the family resided in one of two places called Blackford, both in the county of Somerset. One was a parish near Wincanton, while the other was a chapelry in the parish of Wedmore, near Axbridge. The name is derived from black ford, indicating a dark place in which there was a river crossing.

Blackford Early Origins



The surname Blackford was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Blackford Spelling Variations


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Blackford Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blackford include Blackford, Blackforde, Blakeford, Blakford and others.

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Blackford Early History


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Blackford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackford research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1700 is included under the topic Early Blackford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blackford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Blackford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Blackford who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1635 and was strongly involved in the development of Barnstable and Cape Cod
  • Mary Blackford, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Mary Blackford who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • William Blackford, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Blackford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Blackford, who landed in America in 1765

Blackford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Blackford, aged 29, arrived in Michigan in 1854
  • Harold Blackford, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Hereford, in 1894
  • E. G. Blackford, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Blackford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Florence Blackford, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Harold Blackford, aged 10, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1904
  • Jilla Blackford, aged 39, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • James Blackford, aged 44, who settled in America from Birmingham, England, in 1908
  • Horace Victor Blackford, aged 23, who landed in America from Stratford, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blackford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Blackford, aged 38, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackford (post 1700)



  • Steven Allen Blackford (1977-2004), American three-time NCAA All-American and two-time Pac-10 Champion wrestler for Arizona State University
  • Charles Minor Blackford (1833-1903), American lawyer and author of American Civil War stories
  • Vivien Blackford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2008
  • Peggy Blackford (b. 1942), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, 1995
  • Isaac Newton Blackford (1786-1859), American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1824; Candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1825; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1825, 1826
  • Frank F. Blackford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912
  • F. R. Blackford, American politician, Mayor of Charleston, Illinois, 1935
  • Ann L. Blackford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Isaac N Blackford (1786-1859), American jurist and politician, justice of the Indiana Supreme Court (1817-1852)
  • Richard Blackford (b. 1954), English composer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Blackford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackford 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.

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