The origins of the Blakre surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Blakre began when someone in that family worked as a fabric bleacher having derived from the Old English word blaecan
which literally means to bleach
. The first record of the name was with the spelling Blakere in Norfolk
in 1047-64, CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
pre- Domesday Book
which is quite rare.
Early Origins of the Blakre family
The surname Blakre was first found in Somerset
. The name was also a baptismal name as in 'the son of Blacre' or as Blacar which were listed in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Notwithstanding the claim by the Irish branch of the family that they are descended from Blacar, a Norse chieftain
who settled in Dublin
, sometime around the tenth century, there is no hard evidence of this relationship, and it is unlikely that such a family would have moved northward to Armagh. The Cartularium Abbathiae de Whiteby, Ordinis S. Benedicti has three listings of the name from the 12th century: Richard filius
Blacker; Baldwin filius Blacker; and Walterus filius Godfridi filius Blacker. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blakre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakre research.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1630, 1678, 1659, 1660, 1678 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Blakre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakre Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Blakre has appeared include Blacker, Blacre, Blackers, Blaker, Blackre, Blacar, Blaiker, Blackar, Blackire and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blakre family to Ireland
Some of the Blakre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakre family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Blakre arrived in North America very early: Patrick Blacker settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; Susan Blacker settled in New York State in 1853.