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Blakewoit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Blakewoit. They lived in Ayrshire, but interestingly, the name Blakewoit may also be derived from the Old English words blaec, which means black, and wudu, which means wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.

Early Origins of the Blakewoit family

The surname Blakewoit was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Blakewoit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakewoit research.
Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blakewoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blakewoit Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Blakewoit has appeared as Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.

Early Notables of the Blakewoit family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Blakewoit family to Ireland

Some of the Blakewoit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blakewoit family to the New World and Oceana

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: the Blackwoods who settled in Swain's Island, Newfoundland, and moved to the mainland to Bona Vista Bay in the early 19th century; Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista in 1826.

The Blakewoit Motto

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: Per vias rectas
Motto Translation: By right ways.

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