The name Blackhil first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their 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 Blackhil family
The surname Blackhil was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blackhil family
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Blackhil Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Blackhil has appeared include Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
Early Notables of the Blackhil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blackhil family to Ireland
Some of the Blackhil family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blackhil family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Blackhil arrived in North America very early: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.