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.
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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.
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 immigrated to the United States from Burmingham, England, in 1907
John Blacklaw, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1921