Blackly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Blackly dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blæcleah 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.
Early Origins of the Blackly family
The surname Blackly was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham, England. Originally a timber-framed farmhouse, it was built in 1590.
Early History of the Blackly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackly research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Blackly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackly Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blackly has been spelled many different ways, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.
Early Notables of the Blackly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blackly family to Ireland
Some of the Blackly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackly migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blacklys to arrive in North America:
Blackly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliz Blackly, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
- Tho Blackly, aged 20, who landed in America in 1635 
Blackly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza Blackly, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
- Hans Blackly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 
- Peter Blackly, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)