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The history of the Blackshear family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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.


The surname Blackshear was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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 Blackshear include Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.


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


Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackshear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Blackshear 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 and printed products wherever possible.


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 Blackshear or a variant listed above:

Blackshear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles C. Blackshear, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • J. J Blackshear, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Dr. C. Charles Blackshear, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1908

  • Ronald Blackshear Jr. (b. 1978), American former professional basketball player who played from 2004 to 2005
  • Rodney Blackshear (b. 1969), American former arena football wide receiver
  • Wayne Blackshear (b. 1992), American college basketball player for the University of Louisville
  • David Blackshear (b. 1764), American General during the War of 1812 and politician serving in the Georgia State Legislature, eponym of Lake Blackshear, Blackshear Trail and the city of Blackshear, Georgia
  • Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Blackshear (b. 1969), American former NFL football guard who played from 1993 to 2002
  • Colin Blackshear (b. 1979), American filmmaker and painter
  • Thomas Blackshear, African-American artist
  • Tim Blackshear, American Republican politician, Nominated in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 70th District 2000, but withdrew before election

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    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    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. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Blackshear Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Blackshear 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.

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