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Where did the Scottish Blaylock family come from? What is the Scottish Blaylock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blaylock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blaylock family history?

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 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.

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.


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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.

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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.

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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. 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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  • Cheryl Blaylock, American Emmy Award winning puppeteer for Sesame Street
  • Chester Merle "Chet" Blaylock (1924-1996), American politician
  • James Paul Blaylock (b. 1950), American fantasy author
  • Jeannie Blaylock, American Emmy award and Peabody award winning news anchor
  • Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock (1850-1888), romantic companion of Old West layman Wyatt Earp
  • Anthony Blaylock (b. 1965), American former NFL cornerback football player
  • Robert Edward "Bob" Blaylock (b. 1935), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Selwyn G. Blaylock (1879-1945), Canadian president of Cominco mining company


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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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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.

This page was last modified on 6 March 2014 at 20:13.

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