The name Blacklaw first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Blackler, a village located in the county of Devon
in the south west of England.
Early Origins of the Blacklaw family
The surname Blacklaw was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times being Lords of the Manor and seated at Denbury in that shire, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. Denbury, originally Deveneberrie in pre Conquest days, was held by Tavistock Church at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in the year 1086 A.D. It now consists of a 17th century manor house.
Early History of the Blacklaw family
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Blacklaw 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 Blacklaw has appeared include Blackler, Blacklers, Blackellor, Blackeller and many more.
Early Notables of the Blacklaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blacklaw 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 Blacklaw arrived in North America very early:
Blacklaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Blacklaw, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Burmingham, England, in 1907
- John Blacklaw, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Blacklaw (post 1700)
- Adam Blacklaw (1937-2010), Scottish professional footballer