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Blakeney is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Blakeney family lived at Blakeney, in the county of Norfolk, or a place of the same name in Gloucester.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Blakeney has been recorded under many different variations, including Blakeney, Blakeny, Blackney, Blakney, Blakny, Blaknie, Blakenie, Blaykney, Blayknie, Blaikney and many more.
First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Blakeney which was the "King's Land" at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey initiated by Duke William in 1086 after his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Blakeney consisted of seven villages whose tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh of Chester. Some of these villages were submerged by the sea by the Middle Ages. Conjecturally, the Blakeneys are descended from the first early Norman noble who held his lands from Earl Hugh. One reference states "Blakeney is a parish in Norfolk, in which county the family had great possessions. " 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakeney research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1756 and 1976 are included under the topic Early Blakeney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Blakeney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Blakeney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Blakeneys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Blakeney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Blakeney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Blakeney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Blakeney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Auxilium meum ab alto
Motto Translation: My help is from above.
The Blakeney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blakeney 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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