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The name Blakeley 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.

Blakeley Early Origins



The surname Blakeley was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Blakeley Spelling Variations


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Blakeley Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blakeley include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blakeley Early History


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Blakeley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakeley research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Blakeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blakeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blakeley In Ireland


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Blakeley In Ireland



Some of the Blakeley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blakeley or a variant listed above:

Blakeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Blakeley, who landed in Maryland in 1664

Blakeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W G Blakeley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Blakeley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Chambers Blakeley, "Blakely" U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Blakeley U.E. who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Margaret Blakeley U.E. (née Flynn) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Blakeley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John, Blakeley Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1833

Blakeley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emma Blakeley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  • Sarah Ann Blakeley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  • Ziliah Blakeley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • George Blakeley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blakeley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blakeley (post 1700)



  • Eric Blakeley (b. 1965), American mountaineer, adventurer, and television journalist
  • Billie Buie Blakeley (1934-2010), American basketball coach
  • Major-General Harold Whittle Blakeley (1893-1966), American Commanding Officer, 4th Division, North-West Europe (1944-1946)
  • Paul Malcolm Blakeley (b. 1964), former English cricketer
  • Steve Blakeley, English former professional rugby league footballer
  • Lee Blakeley (b. 1971), British Opera and Theatre director
  • Peter Blakeley, Australian Adult Contemporary singer and songwriter
  • Steven Blakeley (b. 1982), British actor
  • John E. Blakeley (1888-1958), British film producer, director and screenwriter
  • Arthur Blakeley (1886-1972), Australian politician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

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