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Blackney is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blackney family lived at Blakeney, in the county of Norfolk, or a place of the same name in Gloucester.

Blackney Early Origins



The surname Blackney was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Blakeney which was the "King's Land" at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey initiated by Duke William in 1086 after his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Blakeney consisted of seven villages whose tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh of Chester. Some of these villages were submerged by the sea by the Middle Ages. Conjecturally, the Blakeneys are descended from the first early Norman noble who held his lands from Earl Hugh. One reference states "Blakeney is a parish in Norfolk, in which county the family had great possessions. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Blackney Spelling Variations


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Blackney Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blackney were recorded, including Blakeney, Blakeny, Blackney, Blakney, Blakny, Blaknie, Blakenie, Blaykney, Blayknie, Blaikney and many more.

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Blackney Early History


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Blackney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackney research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1756 and 1976 are included under the topic Early Blackney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blackney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blackney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Blackney In Ireland


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Blackney In Ireland



Some of the Blackney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Blackney arrived in North America very early:

Blackney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Blackney who settled in Maryland in 1776

Blackney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Blackney, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

Blackney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Blackney, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • Samuel Blackney, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Mary J. Blackney, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackney (post 1700)



  • William Wallace Blackney (1876-1963), American politician, United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Michigan (1935-1937) and (1939-1953)
  • Gary Blackney (b. 1944), American former head coach of the Bowling Green college football program from 1991-2000
  • William Wallace Blackney (1876-1963), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1925-30; U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1935-37, 1939-53; Defeated, 1922, 1936

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auxilium meum ab alto
Motto Translation: My help is from above.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Blackney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackney 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 January 2016 at 11:39.

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