The ancient name of Blakeer finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a fabric bleacher having derived from the Old English word blaecan
which literally means to bleach
. The first record of the name was with the spelling Blakere in Norfolk
in 1047-64, CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
pre- Domesday Book
which is quite rare.
Early Origins of the Blakeer family
The surname Blakeer was first found in Somerset
. The name was also a baptismal name as in 'the son of Blacre' or as Blacar which were listed in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Notwithstanding the claim by the Irish branch of the family that they are descended from Blacar, a Norse chieftain
who settled in Dublin
, sometime around the tenth century, there is no hard evidence of this relationship, and it is unlikely that such a family would have moved northward to Armagh. The Cartularium Abbathiae de Whiteby, Ordinis S. Benedicti has three listings of the name from the 12th century: Richard filius
Blacker; Baldwin filius Blacker; and Walterus filius Godfridi filius Blacker. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blakeer family
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Blakeer Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blakeer family name include Blacker, Blacre, Blackers, Blaker, Blackre, Blacar, Blaiker, Blackar, Blackire and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakeer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blakeer family to Ireland
Some of the Blakeer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 117 words (8 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 Blakeer family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blakeer surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Patrick Blacker settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; Susan Blacker settled in New York State in 1853.