Blakehill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Blakehill is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Blakehill family
The surname Blakehill was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Blackhall can be found "in the regality of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. William de Blackhall who appears on a jury of inquest retouring William de Tullidaff of Lentush and Rothmaise heir of his father in 1398 is apparently the first of the name recorded. " 
Early History of the Blakehill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakehill research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1420, 1499, 1547, 1655, 1716, 1708, 1716, 1690, 1694, 1792, 1760, 1763, 1770 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Blakehill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakehill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blakehill has been spelled many different ways, including Blackhall, Blackall, Blakhall, Blaikhall and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakehill family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Offspring Blackall (bap. 1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter (1708-1716.) He "did not come into public notice until he was a middle-aged man, and of his early years little is known. He was born in London, and in due time became a member of St. Catharine's Hall, Cambridge, where, it may be presumed, he lived a strictly religious life, for he is mentioned as one of the intimate college friends of the saintly James Bonnell,who chose none but the godly for his companions. In 1690...
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Migration of the Blakehill family to Ireland
Some of the Blakehill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blakehill family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blakehills to arrive in North America: Agnes Blackhall, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1774.
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