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The name Bleakley dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Blęcleah 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.

Bleakley Early Origins



The surname Bleakley was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bleakley Spelling Variations


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Bleakley Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bleakley has appeared include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Bleakley Early History


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Bleakley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleakley research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1321 and are included under the topic Early Bleakley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bleakley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bleakley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bleakley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bleakley In Ireland


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Bleakley In Ireland



Some of the Bleakley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bleakley arrived in North America very early:

Bleakley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Bleakley, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Robert Bleakley, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Bleakley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Jane Bleakley, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • John Bleakley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815

Bleakley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Bleakley, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Ann Bleakley, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Eliza Bleakley, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Jane Bleakley, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Mary Bleakley, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"

Bleakley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Bleakley landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bleakley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bleakley (post 1700)



  • Orrin Dubbs Bleakley (1854-1927), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Sam Bleakley (b. 1978), English travel writer, author and professional surfer
  • David Bleakley (b. 1925), British politician in Northern Ireland
  • Christine Louise Bleakley (b. 1979), British television presenter from Northern Ireland

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Bleakley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bleakley 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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