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The ancient Scottish name Blackwood was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Ayrshire, but interestingly, the name Blackwood may also be derived from the Old English words blaec, which means black, and wudu, which means wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.

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The surname Blackwood was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Blackwood has been spelled Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackwood research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blackwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Blackwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blackwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Blackwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Susan Blackwood settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Susan Blackwood, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Phineas Blackwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Blackwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Blackwood settled in Virginia in 1716
  • John Blackwood, who landed in America in 1765

Blackwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Blackwood settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1803
  • Andrew Blackwood, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Blackwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • W C Blackwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Lawrence Blackwood, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1869

Blackwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • the Blackwoods originally from Edinburgh who settled on Swain's Island, Newfoundland, but later moved to the Bonavista Bay area on the mainland early 19th century
  • James Blackwood, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1826

Blackwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Blackwood, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
  • James Blackwood, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • Isaac Blackwood, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

Blackwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Blackwood, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary Blackwood, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • John Blackwood, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Isabella Blackwood, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Grace Blackwood, aged 3 weeks, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842


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  • Lyle Vernon Blackwood (b. 1951), American former National Football League safety
  • James Webre Blackwood (1919-2002), American Gospel singer, one of the founding members of The Blackwood Brothers, an eight-time Grammy award-winning American Southern Gospel group
  • Ibra Charles Blackwood (1878-1936), American politician, the 97th Governor of South Carolina from 1931 to 1935
  • Joel Leslie Blackwood (1861-1947), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1915
  • Ibra Charles Blackwood (1878-1936), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1903-05; Governor of South Carolina, 1931-35
  • Harold Blackwood, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 2nd District, 1938
  • Edmund J. Blackwood, American politician, Delegate to Montana convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Curtis Blackwood, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1996
  • Bill Blackwood, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 101st District; Elected 1992
  • Andrew J. Blackwood, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Christiansted, 1897-1906

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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: Per vias rectas
Motto Translation: By right ways.

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The Blackwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackwood 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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