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The name Blakley dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blęcleah which meant "dark wood" or "dark clearing". The hamlet of Blackley was mentioned in the Domesday Book and little growth of the community was seen until the 19th century. By the middle of the 17th century Blackley was a village of just 107 inhabitants. Today Blackley is a suburb of Manchester with a population of over 10,000 people. There is also a hamlet named Blackey in West Yorkshire.

Blakley Early Origins



The surname Blakley was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Blakley Spelling Variations


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Blakley Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Blakley has undergone many spelling variations, including Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blakley Early History


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Blakley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakley research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Blakley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blakley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blakley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Blakley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blakley In Ireland


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Blakley In Ireland



Some of the Blakley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blakley were among those contributors:

Blakley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Blakley, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812

Blakley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Chambers Blakley, "Blakely" U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blakley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blakley (post 1700)



  • William Arvis "Dollar Bill" Blakley (1898-1976), American politician and businessman, United States Senator from Texas in 1961
  • Ronee Blakley (b. 1945), American Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominated actress and singer, best known for her role in Nashville (1975) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • George Robert "Bob" Blakley, American cryptographer and mathematician, professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University
  • Dwayne David Blakley (b. 1979), American NFL football tight end
  • Lin Blakley, born Linda E. Stevens, and English actress, known for her role as Pam Coker in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders
  • Alan David Blakley (1942-1996), English guitarist and record producer, member of the Tremeloes
  • Claudia "Claudie" Blakley (b. 1974), English actress, winner of the Ian Charleson Award in 1998, daughter of Alan Blakely

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Blakley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blakley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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