In ancient Scotland
, Blaykewood was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Ayrshire
, but interestingly, the name Blaykewood may also be derived from the Old English words blaec,
which means black,
which means wood,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a dark, wooded area.
Early Origins of the Blaykewood family
The surname Blaykewood 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.
Early History of the Blaykewood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaykewood research.Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1384, 1500, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Blaykewood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blaykewood Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Blaykewood has been spelled Blackwood, Blackwode, Blakewood, Blaikwood, Blackewood and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaykewood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaykewood family to Ireland
Some of the Blaykewood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 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 Blaykewood family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. 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 Blaykewood Motto
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.