The ancestors of the bearers of the Blackrove family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Blagrave, a tithing in the parish of Lambourn, Berkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English word Blaca-graf
, which literally means the black or dark grove.
Early Origins of the Blackrove family
The surname Blackrove was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, perhaps even before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blackrove family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackrove research.Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1603, 1668, 1640, 1660, 1630, 1704 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Blackrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackrove Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blackrove include Blagrove, Blagrave, Blackgrove, Blackgrave and others.
Early Notables of the Blackrove family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Daniel Blagrave (1603-1668) English politician and regicide, Member of Parliament for the Parliamentary Borough of Reading between 1640 and 1660; upon the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blackrove family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blackrove or a variant listed above: Ann Blackgrove who settled in Barbados in 1634 and later moved to the main land in St. Christopher; George Blackgrove, who settled in Virginia in 1654.