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Where did the English Blackshaw family come from? What is the English Blackshaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blackshaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blackshaw family history?

The name Blackshaw is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Blackall in Devon, or one of numerous other minor locations of the same name. The place-name is derived from black hall, which indicated a manor, which was dark in color or in a dark area.

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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. Blackshaw has been spelled many different ways, including Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackshaw research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1671, 1655, 1716, 1708 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Blackshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blackshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Blackshaws to arrive in North America:

Blackshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Blackshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Abraham Blackshaw, aged 10, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Phebe Blackshaw, aged 16, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Randall Blackshaw, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Randle Blackshaw, who arrived in Maryland in 1682


Blackshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Blackshaw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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  • Alan Blackshaw OBE (1933-2011), English mountaineer, skier and civil servant, President of the Alpine Club (2001 to 2004) and President of the Ski Club of Great Britain (1997 to 2003)
  • James Blackshaw (b. 1981), English guitarist and pianist
  • Basil Blackshaw (b. 1932), Northern Irish artist
  • Christian Blackshaw (b. 1949), British classical pianist
  • Andrew Blackshaw (b. 1990), Australian softball player, member of the Australia men's national softball team
  • Master John J. Blackshaw (d. 1915), Canadian 3rd Class passenger from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Alice Blackshaw (d. 1915), Canadian 3rd Class passenger from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking


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The Blackshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackshaw 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 18 November 2014 at 08:21.

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