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The name Blatchley 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.

Blatchley Early Origins



The surname Blatchley 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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Blatchley Spelling Variations


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Blatchley 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 Blatchley family name include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blatchley Early History


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Blatchley Early History



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

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Blatchley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blatchley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Blatchley In Ireland


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Blatchley In Ireland



Some of the Blatchley 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



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 Blatchley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Blatchley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Blatchley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1650

Blatchley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Blatchley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blatchley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blatchley (post 1700)



  • William Blatchley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Madison, 1833
  • Charles Creighton Blatchley, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Madison; Elected 1948

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Blatchley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blatchley 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2015 at 13:15.

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