The ancestors of the name Blackshire date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Blackshire 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.
Early Origins of the Blackshire family
The surname Blackshire was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blackshire family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackshire research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1671, 1655, 1716, 1708 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Blackshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackshire Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Blackshire are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Blackshire include: Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
Early Notables of the Blackshire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blackshire family to Ireland
Some of the Blackshire 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.
Migration of the Blackshire family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blackshire or a variant listed above: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.