The name Blakwell is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived at one of two places called Blackwell, one near a parish in Derbyshire
near Alfreton, and the other a township in the parish of Darlington, Durham
having derived from the Old English words bloec
, which means black and woell
, which means spring or stream. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Blakwell family
The surname Blakwell was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
"Blackwell is an old Gloucestershire
surname, perhaps originally derived from the parish of Blackwell in the neighbouring county of Worcester." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had only one listing for the family: Margery de Blacwelle in Cambridgeshire
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 Blakwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakwell research.Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1599, 1615, 1753, 1597, 1608, 1699, 1618, 1683, 1648, 1641 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Blakwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blakwell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Blakwell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Blakwell include: Blackwell, Blackwall, Blackwill, Blackwel, Blaikewell, Blakewell, Blakewill, Blakewall, Blaikewall, Blakwill, Blackville, Blaikville, Blakeville, Bleckwell, Bleckwall, Bleckville, Plackwell, Plakewell, Plackville, Blatwell, Blatswill, Platwill and many more.
Early Notables of the Blakwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Father George Blackwell, Roman Catholic Archpriest of England
from 1597-1608; Isaac Blackwell (d.1699) English Cathedral organist and composer at... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blakwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blakwell family to Ireland
Some of the Blakwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 202 words (14 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 Blakwell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blakwell or a variant listed above: Jeremy Blackwell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Roger Blackwell settled in Virginia in 1636; John Blackwell settled in Quebec in 1825 with his family.