Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Blekville is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at one of two places called Blackwell, one near a parish in Derbyshire
near Alfreton, and the other a township in the parish of Darlington, Durham
having derived from the Old English words bloec
, which means black and woell
, which means spring or stream. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Blekville family
The surname Blekville was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
"Blackwell is an old Gloucestershire
surname, perhaps originally derived from the parish of Blackwell in the neighbouring county of Worcester." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had only one listing for the family: Margery de Blacwelle in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Blekville family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blekville research.Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1599, 1615, 1753, 1597, 1608, 1699, 1618, 1683, 1648, 1641 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Blekville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blekville Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blekville has been spelled many different ways, including Blackwell, Blackwall, Blackwill, Blackwel, Blaikewell, Blakewell, Blakewill, Blakewall, Blaikewall, Blakwill, Blackville, Blaikville, Blakeville, Bleckwell, Bleckwall, Bleckville, Plackwell, Plakewell, Plackville, Blatwell, Blatswill, Platwill and many more.
Early Notables of the Blekville family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Father George Blackwell, Roman Catholic Archpriest of England
from 1597-1608; Isaac Blackwell (d.1699) English Cathedral organist and composer at... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blekville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blekville family to Ireland
Some of the Blekville family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 202 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blekville family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blekvilles to arrive in North America: Jeremy Blackwell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Roger Blackwell settled in Virginia in 1636; John Blackwell settled in Quebec in 1825 with his family.