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

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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


  • William Blakeney landed in North America in 1772

Blakeney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Harriet Blakeney, aged 56, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Fanny Blakeney, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1896

Blakeney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Virginia Vaugh Blakeney, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • William Blakeney, aged 17, who landed in America from Enniscrone, Ireland, in 1908
  • Marie Blakeney, aged 50, who landed in America from Sliglass, Ireland, in 1908
  • Evelyn Annie Blakeney, aged 19, who landed in America from Sliglass, Ireland, in 1908
  • Frederick Blakeney, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Gloucester, England, in 1909


Blakeney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Chambers Blakeney, "Blakely" U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

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  • Eric Blakeney (b. 1959), American Edgar Allan Poe Award nominated writer and producer, known for Gun Shy (2000), Generation X (1996) and Booker (1989)
  • Olive Blakeney (1903-1959), American actress, known for That Uncertain Feeling (1941), Experiment Perilous (1944) and Dakota (1945)
  • Jimmy Blakeney, American 2003 US National Freestyle Champion, five-time member of the U.S. Men's Freestyle Kayak Team
  • Colonel William Blakeney (1735-1804), Irish British Army officer and politician; he fought in the American War of Independence at the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) where he was severely wounded, Member of the Irish House of Commons for Athenry from 1781 to 1783 and from 1790 to 1800
  • Gillian Blakeney (b. 1966), Australian actress, known for Neighbours (1985), Silk Stalkings (1991) and Wombat (1983), twin of Gayle Blakeney
  • Gayle Blakeney (b. 1966), Australian actress, known for Neighbours (1985), Silk Stalkings (1991) and Wombat (1983), twin of Gillian Blakeney
  • William Theophilus Blakeney (1832-1898), Irish-born, immigrant to New South Wales, Australia in 1853 and rose to become Registrar-General of Queensland, son of Charles William Blakeney
  • Charles William Blakeney (1802-1876), Irish-born immigrant to Australia, judge and politician in Queensland, Australia
  • Brigadier-General Robert Byron Drury Blakeney (1872-1952), British Army general and President of the British Fascists
  • Professor Michael L. Blakeney, British Co-Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, at Queen Mary, University of London

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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.

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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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