The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Blaickwode. The Blaickwode family lived in Ayrshire
, but interestingly, the name Blaickwode may also be derived from the Old English words blaec,
which means black,
which means wood,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.
Early Origins of the Blaickwode family
The surname Blaickwode 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.
Early History of the Blaickwode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaickwode research.Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blaickwode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blaickwode Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Blaickwode has been spelled Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaickwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaickwode family to Ireland
Some of the Blaickwode 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blaickwode family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: the Blackwoods who settled in Swain's Island, Newfoundland, and moved to the mainland to Bona Vista Bay in the early 19th century; Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista in 1826.
The Blaickwode Motto
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.