Blankley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Blankley family

The surname Blankley was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1202 when Simon de Blanckenay held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Blankley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blankley research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1273, 1273, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Blankley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blankley 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 Blankley family name include Blankley, Blankeney, Blankney, Blankal, Blankele and others.

Early Notables of the Blankley family (pre 1700)

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Blankley migration to the United States

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 Blankley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Blankley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Blankley, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Blankley (post 1700)

  • Eric Blankley (b. 1910), English cricketer who played for Assam
  • Tony Blankley (b. 1948), English journalist and broadcaster
  • George Blankley, former head coach of the Boise State college football program from 1951

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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