The name Blaknay reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Blaknay family lived at Blakeney, in the county of Norfolk
, or a place of the same name in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Blaknay family
The surname Blaknay was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Blakeney which was the "King's Land" at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey initiated by Duke William in 1086 after his conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Blakeney consisted of seven villages whose tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh of Chester. Some of these villages were submerged by the sea by the Middle Ages. Conjecturally, the Blakeneys are descended from the first early Norman noble who held his lands from Earl Hugh. One reference states "Blakeney is a parish in Norfolk
, in which county the family had great possessions. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Blaknay family
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Blaknay Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blaknay family name include Blakeney, Blakeny, Blackney, Blakney, Blakny, Blaknie, Blakenie, Blaykney, Blayknie, Blaikney and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaknay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaknay family to Ireland
Some of the Blaknay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Blaknay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Blaknay family to immigrate North America: John Blackney who settled in Maryland in 1776; William Blakeney landed in North America in 1772.
The Blaknay 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: Auxilium meum ab alto
Motto Translation: My help is from above.