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The name Blakeslee 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.


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.

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.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Blakeslee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Blakeslee 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 and printed products wherever possible.


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

  • 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

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    Other References

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    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Blakeslee Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Blakeslee 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2015 at 20:48.

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