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A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Blaylock. It is a name for a person with dark hair. As such, the Blaylock surname most likely evolved from a nickname from the Middle English "blakelok," in turn from the Old English blec, meaning "black," or "dark," and locc, meaning a "lock of hair."

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The surname Blaylock was first found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Blaylock has been spelled Blacklock, Blakelock, Blacklocke, Blakelocke, Blaikelock, Blaiklock and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaylock research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1332, 1400, 1721, and 1791 are included under the topic Early Blaylock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blaylock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Blaylock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Blaylock, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Harry Blaylock, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Henry Woodhouse Blaylock, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Harry Woodhouse Blaylock, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Agnes G. Blaylock, aged 31, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
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  • Robert Edward "Bob" Blaylock (b. 1935), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Anthony Blaylock (b. 1965), American former NFL cornerback football player
  • Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock (1850-1888), romantic companion of Old West layman Wyatt Earp
  • Jeannie Blaylock, American Emmy award and Peabody award winning news anchor
  • James Paul Blaylock (b. 1950), American fantasy author
  • Chester Merle "Chet" Blaylock (1924-1996), American politician
  • Cheryl Blaylock, American Emmy Award winning puppeteer for Sesame Street
  • Linda Blaylock, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Oklahoma, 1992
  • Leroy Blaylock, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Chester Merle Blaylock (1924-1996), American Democrat politician, Member of Montana State Senate, 1975; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1984
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    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Blaylock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blaylock 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.

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