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The name Blackley 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.

Blackley Early Origins



The surname Blackley 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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Blackley Spelling Variations


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Blackley Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blackley were recorded, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blackley Early History


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Blackley Early History



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

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Blackley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Blackley In Ireland


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Blackley In Ireland



Some of the Blackley 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 oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Blackley family emigrate to North America:

Blackley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Blackley who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Tho Blackley, aged 20, landed in New England in 1635
  • Samuel Blackley who settled in New Haven, Connecticut and married Hannah Porter in 1650. He also lived at Guildford and had three sons and two daughters

Blackley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Blackley, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Blackley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Blackley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • William Blackley, aged 32, a stone mason, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackley (post 1700)



  • Brigadier General Travers Robert Blackley (1899-1982), English army officer, British Military Governor of Libya (1943)
  • Jim Blackley (b. 1927), Canadian (Scottish born) drummer and percussion educator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Blackley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackley 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 May 2016 at 05:34.

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