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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.

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The surname Blakeney was 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. " [1]

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.


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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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gayle Blakeney (b. 1966), Australian actress, known for Neighbours (1985), Silk Stalkings (1991) and Wombat (1983), twin of Gillian Blakeney
  • Gillian Blakeney (b. 1966), Australian actress, known for Neighbours (1985), Silk Stalkings (1991) and Wombat (1983), twin of Gayle Blakeney
  • Charles William Blakeney (1802-1876), Irish-born immigrant to Australia, judge and politician in Queensland, Australia
  • 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
  • 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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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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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