Blackhorse is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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 Blackhorse family
The surname Blackhorse was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blackhorse family
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Blackhorse Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blackhorse family name include Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
Early Notables of the Blackhorse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blackhorse family to Ireland
Some of the Blackhorse 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 Blackhorse family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blackhorse surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.