Blakeway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Blakeway surname is thought to be a habitation name. That is, one that was derived from an existing place name. Blakeway is most likely from Blakeway Farm near Much Wenlock, county Shropshire, West Midlands. This place name in turn is derived from the Old English elements "Bloec" or "black," and "weg," meaning "road or pathway."
Early Origins of the Blakeway family
The surname Blakeway was first found in Nottingham where the first on record appears to be a Blakweg, no surname, on record in that county in 1195.
Early History of the Blakeway family
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Blakeway Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Blakeway include Blakeway, Blakeways, Blakewaye, Blakway and others.
Early Notables of the Blakeway family (pre 1700)
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Blakeway migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blakeway or a variant listed above:
Blakeway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles S. Blakeway, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1894
- Richard Blakeway, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895
Blakeway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Blakeway, aged 19, who settled in America from London, in 1900
- Alfred Blakeway, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Thomcliffe, in 1902
- Martha Blakeway, who landed in America, in 1903
- Helene Blakeway, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1906
- Robert Blakeway, aged 38, who settled in America from London, England, in 1909
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Blakeway migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Blakeway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Blakeway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847 
- W. Blakeway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849 
Blakeway migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Blakeway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Blakeway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860
- Edwin Blakeway, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Blakeway (post 1700) +
- James Blakeway, American landscape and city skyline photographer
- Robert Blakeway (b. 1952), English professional footballer
- Philip John "Phil" Blakeway (b. 1950), former England international rugby union player
- Denys Blakeway, English documentary filmmaker, who founded Blakeway Productions in 1994
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