The name Blaikley dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon
Blæcleah which meant "dark wood" or "dark clearing". The hamlet of Blackley was mentioned in the Domesday Book
and little growth of the community was seen until the 19th century. By the middle of the 17th century Blackley was a village of just 107 inhabitants. Today Blackley is a suburb of Manchester with a population of over 10,000 people. There is also a hamlet named Blackey in West Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Blaikley family
The surname Blaikley was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham, England
. Originally a timber-framed farmhouse, it was built in 1590.
Early History of the Blaikley family
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Blaikley Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Blaikley has undergone many spelling variations
, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaikley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaikley family to Ireland
Some of the Blaikley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Blaikley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blaikley were among those contributors:
Blaikley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry Vernor Blaikley, aged 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
- David Blaikley, aged 30, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
- Douglas Blaikley, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Blaikley (post 1700)
- Alan Blaikley (b. 1940), English songwriter/composer