The name Blackgrave is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Blagrave, a tithing in the parish of Lambourn, Berkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English word Blaca-graf
, which literally means the black or dark grove.
Early Origins of the Blackgrave family
The surname Blackgrave was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, perhaps even before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blackgrave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackgrave research.Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1603, 1668, 1640, 1660, 1630, 1704 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Blackgrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackgrave Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blackgrave has been spelled many different ways, including Blagrove, Blagrave, Blackgrove, Blackgrave and others.
Early Notables of the Blackgrave family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Daniel Blagrave (1603-1668) English politician and regicide, Member of Parliament for the Parliamentary Borough of Reading between 1640 and 1660; upon the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackgrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blackgrave family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blackgraves to arrive in North America: Ann Blackgrove who settled in Barbados in 1634 and later moved to the main land in St. Christopher; George Blackgrove, who settled in Virginia in 1654.