Blakgrove is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Blakgrove family
The surname Blakgrove was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, perhaps even before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Blakgrove family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakgrove 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 Blakgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakgrove 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 Blakgrove family name include Blagrove, Blagrave, Blackgrove, Blackgrave and others.
Early Notables of the Blakgrove 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 Blakgrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakgrove 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 Blakgrove surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.