The name Blayker is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who 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 Blayker family
The surname Blayker 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 Blayker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blayker 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 Blayker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blayker 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 Blayker 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. The variations of the name Blayker include Blacker, Blacre, Blackers, Blaker, Blackre, Blacar, Blaiker, Blackar, Blackire and many more.
Early Notables of the Blayker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blayker family to Ireland
Some of the Blayker 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 Blayker 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 Blayker or a variant listed above: Patrick Blacker settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; Susan Blacker settled in New York State in 1853.