Blackhall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Blackhall has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Blackall in Devon, or one of numerous other minor locations of the same name. The place-name is derived from black hall, which indicated a manor, which was dark in color or in a dark area.

Early Origins of the Blackhall family

The surname Blackhall was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Blackhall can be found "in the regality of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. William de Blackhall who appears on a jury of inquest retouring William de Tullidaff of Lentush and Rothmaise heir of his father in 1398 is apparently the first of the name recorded. " [1]

Early History of the Blackhall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackhall research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1420, 1499, 1547, 1655, 1716, 1708, 1716, 1690, 1694, 1792, 1760, 1763, 1770 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Blackhall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blackhall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blackhall have been found, including Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.

Early Notables of the Blackhall family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Offspring Blackall (bap. 1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter (1708-1716.) He "did not come into public notice until he was a middle-aged man, and of his early years little is known. He was born in London, and in due time became a member of St. Catharine's Hall, Cambridge, where, it may be presumed, he lived a strictly religious life, for he is mentioned as one of the intimate college friends of the saintly James Bonnell,who chose none but the godly for his companions. In 1690...
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackhall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Blackhall family to Ireland

Some of the Blackhall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blackhall migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Blackhall, or a variant listed above:

Blackhall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Blackhall, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [2]
Blackhall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Agnes Blackhall, aged 26, who settled in New York in 1774
  • Agnes Blackhall, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1774 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blackhall (post 1700) +

  • George Blackhall, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virgin Islands, 2004 [3]
  • David Scott Blackhall (1910-1981), English radio personality, author and poet
  • Mark Christopher Blackhall (b. 1960), English former football sriker who played from 1977 to 1983
  • Sheena Blackhall (b. 1947), Scottish poet, novelist, short story writer, illustrator and traditional story teller


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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