The name Blakeslee 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
Early Origins of the Blakeslee family
The surname Blakeslee was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham, England
. Originally a timber-framed farmhouse, it was built in 1590.
Early History of the Blakeslee family
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Blakeslee Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blakeslee include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakeslee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blakeslee family to Ireland
Some of the Blakeslee family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakeslee family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Blakeslee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Samuel Blakeslee, who arrived in Connecticut in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Blakeslee (post 1700)
- Donald Blakeslee (1971-2008), American fighter pilot recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Flying Cross (US and UK), Legion of Merit, Silver Star and Air Medal
- Dick Blakeslee (1921-2000), American professor of English
- Susan Blakeslee (b. 1966), American voice actress
- George Hubbard Blakeslee (1871-1954), American historian
- Albert Francis Blakeslee (1874-1954), American botanist
- Donald J. Blakeslee, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force then the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 14½ aerial victories