Blackhile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Blackhile family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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 Blackhile family
The surname Blackhile 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. " 
Early History of the Blackhile family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackhile 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 Blackhile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackhile Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blackhile include Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
Early Notables of the Blackhile 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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Migration of the Blackhile family to Ireland
Some of the Blackhile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blackhile family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blackhile were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.
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