Show ContentsBleck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bleck comes from a name for a person associated with the color black. The name Bleck may have referred to someone with black hair or clothing, or to somone who worked in a profession such as chimney sweeping, which left its practitioners covered in soot.

Early Origins of the Bleck family

The surname Bleck was first found in Lincolnshire 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. It is said that the first family of Black were converted to Christianity by Paulinus, the head of the family being Prefect of Lincoln, about 628. They moved northward, however, and were well established in Scotland by 1175 A.D.

Early History of the Bleck family

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Bleck Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bleck include Black, Blacke and others.

Early Notables of the Bleck family

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Ireland Migration of the Bleck family to Ireland

Some of the Bleck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bleck migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bleck or a variant listed above:

Bleck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillip Bleck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 1
  • Jacob Bleck, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1762 1
Bleck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Eduard Bleck, who landed in Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Neptune" 1

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook