Bleackley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bleackley dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blæcleah which meant "dark wood" or "dark clearing". The hamlet of Blackley was mentioned in the Domesday Book and little growth of the community was seen until the 19th century. By the middle of the 17th century Blackley was a village of just 107 inhabitants. Today Blackley is a suburb of Manchester with a population of over 10,000 people. There is also a hamlet named Blackey in West Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bleackley family

The surname Bleackley was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham, England. Originally a timber-framed farmhouse, it was built in 1590.

Important Dates for the Bleackley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleackley research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Bleackley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bleackley Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bleackley include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

Early Notables of the Bleackley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bleackley family to Ireland

Some of the Bleackley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bleackley migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bleackley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bleackley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Johanna Bleackley, aged 54, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Main" from Bremen, Germany [1]
  • William Bleackley, aged 50, originally from Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
  • Catherine Bleackley, aged 18, originally from Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
  • Jemima Bleackley, aged 55, originally from Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Glasgow, Scotland [4]
  • Stanley Green Bleackley, aged 48, originally from Nelson, B. C., Canada, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bleackley (post 1700)

  • Edward Overall Bleackley (1898-1976), English cricketer who played for the Lancashire and Marylebone Cricket Club in 1919
  • Peter Bleackley (b. 1915), British Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos (1952-1955)
  • James Bleackley, British General Secretary of the Amalgamated Association of Beamers, Twisters and Drawers (Hand and Machine) in 1963
  • Chris Bleackley, Canadian winner of the Robert L. Noble Prize in 2001
  • Conner Bleackley (b. 1996), Canadian AHL and NHL ice hockey player

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXL7-M6T : 6 December 2014), Johanna Bleackley, 14 Nov 1907; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New york, ship name Main, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJHL-X6K : 6 December 2014), William Bleackley, 10 Oct 1916; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJHL-X6L : 6 December 2014), Catherine Bleackley, 10 Oct 1916; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJHL-X62 : 6 December 2014), Jemima Bleackley, 10 Oct 1916; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3S-MMR : 6 December 2014), Stanley Green Bleackley, 21 Feb 1922; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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