Blakewill is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Blakewill family once lived at one of two places called Blackwell, one near a parish in Derbyshire
near Alfreton, and the other a township in the parish of Darlington, Durham
having derived from the Old English words bloec
, which means black and woell
, which means spring or stream. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Blakewill family
The surname Blakewill was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
"Blackwell is an old Gloucestershire
surname, perhaps originally derived from the parish of Blackwell in the neighbouring county of Worcester." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had only one listing for the family: Margery de Blacwelle in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blakewill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakewill research.Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1599, 1615, 1753, 1597, 1608, 1699, 1618, 1683, 1648, 1641 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Blakewill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakewill Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blakewill family name include Blackwell, Blackwall, Blackwill, Blackwel, Blaikewell, Blakewell, Blakewill, Blakewall, Blaikewall, Blakwill, Blackville, Blaikville, Blakeville, Bleckwell, Bleckwall, Bleckville, Plackwell, Plakewell, Plackville, Blatwell, Blatswill, Platwill and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakewill family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Father George Blackwell, Roman Catholic Archpriest of England
from 1597-1608; Isaac Blackwell (d.1699) English Cathedral organist and composer at... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blakewill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakewill family to Ireland
Some of the Blakewill family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Blakewill family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blakewill surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jeremy Blackwell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Roger Blackwell settled in Virginia in 1636; John Blackwell settled in Quebec in 1825 with his family.