Blaykewold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Blaykewold were the Strathclyde-Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire, but interestingly, the name Blaykewold may also be derived from the Old English words blaec, which means black, and wudu, which means wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.
Early Origins of the Blaykewold family
The surname Blaykewold was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
One of the first records of the family was of Robert Blakwode, a native of Scotland, who was discharged from prison in London as he was unjustly arrested in 1384. Later, Andrew Blackwud, was bailie of Perth in 1532 and Adam Blackwood was one of the Privy Council of Mary Queen of Scots. 
Early History of the Blaykewold family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaykewold research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1549, 1581, 1539, 1613, 1539, 1614, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blaykewold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blaykewold Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Blaykewold has appeared as Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaykewold family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Adam Blackwood (1539-1613), Scottish writer having descended from a family in good circumstances, and was born at Dunfermline in 1539. "His father, William Blackwood, was slain in battle before the son reached his tenth year, and his mother did not long survive the loss of her...
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Migration of the Blaykewold family to Ireland
Some of the Blaykewold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Blaykewold family
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: the Blackwoods who settled in Swain's Island, Newfoundland, and moved to the mainland to Bona Vista Bay in the early 19th century; Ebenezer Blackwood settled in Bona Vista in 1826.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per vias rectas
Motto Translation: By right ways.
- Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)