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The name Blackledge dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blęcleah which meant "dark wood" or "dark clearing". The hamlet of Blackley was mentioned in the Domesday Book and little growth of the community was seen until the 19th century. By the middle of the 17th century Blackley was a village of just 107 inhabitants. Today Blackley is a suburb of Manchester with a population of over 10,000 people. There is also a hamlet named Blackey in West Yorkshire.

Blackledge Early Origins



The surname Blackledge was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Blackledge Spelling Variations


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Blackledge Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Blackledge has undergone many spelling variations, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blackledge Early History


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Blackledge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackledge research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Blackledge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackledge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackledge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blackledge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackledge In Ireland


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Blackledge In Ireland



Some of the Blackledge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blackledge were among those contributors:

Blackledge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Blackledge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630

Blackledge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Allen Blackledge, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Blackledge settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1873

Blackledge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Blackledge, aged 34, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1905
  • Jane Blackledge, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Wejan, England, in 1907
  • Richard Blackledge, aged 23, who landed in America from Wigan, England, in 1908
  • George Blackledge, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Preston, England, in 1908
  • Mary Blackledge, aged 40, who landed in America from Penreth, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackledge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackledge (post 1700)



  • Benjamin Blackledge (1743-1815), American educator and public official
  • Ron Blackledge (b. 1938), former American football player and coach
  • William Blackledge (b. 1828), American politician, Democratic-Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
  • Todd Alan Blackledge (b. 1961), former American football quarterback
  • William Salter Blackledge (1793-1857), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1820; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 4th District, 1821-23
  • William Blackledge (1767-1828), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature, 1797-99, 1809; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1803-09, 1811-13
  • V. R. Blackledge, American politician, Mayor of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 1950
  • Hobert Lee Blackledge (1900-1977), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1936
  • Mrs. Harold Blackledge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952
  • Benjamin Blackledge, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1839
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Blackledge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackledge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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