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Where did the English Blakely family come from? What is the English Blakely family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blakely family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blakely family history?

The name Blakely dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blęcleah 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.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blakely have been found, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Blakely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Blakely 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.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Blakely, or a variant listed above:

Blakely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Blakely, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Blakely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Blakely settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Blakely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Blakely, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Mrs. Blakely, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • James Blakely, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819
  • Joseph Blakely settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • English Blakely, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834


Blakely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Chambers Blakely U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. James Blakely U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Blakely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Blakely, aged 50, a widow, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • William Blakely, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Elizabeth Blakely, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Martha Blakely, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Emily Blakely, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast


Blakely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Blakely arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • Philip Blakely arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • Phillip Blakely, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Sarah Blakely, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

Blakely Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Herbert Blakely arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861

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  • Susan Blakely (b. 1948), American Golden Globe Award winning film actress, known for her roles in Over the Top (1987), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
  • Sara Blakely (b. 1971), American businesswoman
  • Marqus Austin Blakely (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Diann Blakely (b. 1957), American poet, essayist, and reviewer, awarded the Pushcart Prize (1994, 1995) and the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award (1999)
  • Winston Blakely, American fine arts/comic book artist and former art teacher
  • Allison Blakely, American academic historian awarded the American Book Award in 1988
  • Vice Admiral Charles Adams Blakely (1879-1950), American officer in the United States Navy during World War I, eponym of the USS Blakely (DE-1072/FF-1072), a Knox-class destroyer escort
  • Ebenezer Blakely (1806-1889), American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator in 1854
  • John Russell Young Blakely (1872-1942), American Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, eponym of the USS J. R. Y. Blakely (DE-140), an Edsall-class destroyer escort
  • Lara Larramendi Blakely, American politician, former Mayor of Monrovia, California

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