Blackham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Blackham name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 Blackham family

The surname Blackham 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 Blackham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackham 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 Blackham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blackham Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Blackham has undergone many spelling variations, including Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.

Early Notables of the Blackham 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Blackham family to Ireland

Some of the Blackham 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 Blackham migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blackham were among those contributors:

Blackham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Blackham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]
  • William Henry Blackham, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [2]

Australia Blackham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blackham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Blackham, (b. 1813), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years for robbery with violence, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1878 [3]
  • Richard Blackham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [4]
  • Henry Blackham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [4]
  • Frederick Blackham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [4]
  • Anna Maria Blackham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Blackham (post 1700) +

  • Ann R. Blackham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972 [6]
  • Sir Richard Blackham (d. 1728), 1st Baronet of London, an English peer, woollen manufacturer and a Turkey merchant
  • Sir John Blackham (d. 1728), 2nd Baronet of London, an English peer
  • Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Joe Blackham KCB (b. 1943), British Royal Navy officer, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (1995–1997), Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet (1997–1999)
  • John McCarthy "Jack" Blackham (1854-1932), Australian Test cricketer who played for Victoria and Australia
  • Harold John Blackham (1903-2009), British humanist philosopher, writer and educationalist, known for his book, Six Existentialist Thinkers, which became a popular university textbook
  • John Blackham, New Zealand businessman and entrepreneur
  • Joan Blackham (b. 1946), British actress of stage, film and television known for Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Sweeney (2012) and Bitva za Sevastopol (2015)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Arthur James Blackham (1889-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SENATOR 1849. Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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