name Blakgrave comes from when the family resided in Blagrave, a tithing in the parish of Lambourn, Berkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English word Blaca-graf
, which literally means the black or dark grove.
Early Origins of the Blakgrave family
The surname Blakgrave was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, perhaps even before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blakgrave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakgrave research.Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1603, 1668, 1640, 1660, 1630, 1704 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Blakgrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakgrave Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Blakgrave has been recorded under many different variations, including Blagrove, Blagrave, Blackgrove, Blackgrave and others.
Early Notables of the Blakgrave family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Daniel Blagrave (1603-1668) English politician and regicide, Member of Parliament for the Parliamentary Borough of Reading between 1640 and 1660; upon the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blakgrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakgrave family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Blakgrave or a variant listed above: Ann Blackgrove who settled in Barbados in 1634 and later moved to the main land in St. Christopher; George Blackgrove, who settled in Virginia in 1654.