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The name Blockley 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.

Blockley Early Origins



The surname Blockley 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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Blockley Spelling Variations


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Blockley Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Blockley family name include Blackley, Blakely, Blakley, Blacklee, Blackely, Blackledge, Blacklege, Blatchly and many more.

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Blockley Early History


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Blockley Early History



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

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Blockley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blockley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Blockley In Ireland


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Blockley In Ireland



Some of the Blockley 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Blockley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Blockley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Blockley, aged 27, landed in New York in 1868
  • John Blockley, aged 11, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Lorenzo Blockley, aged 16, landed in New York in 1868

Blockley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Blockley, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Mary A. Blockley, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • John H. Blockley, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • George James Blockley, aged 9 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blockley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blockley (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey Paul "Jeff" Blockley (b. 1949), English former footballer
  • Nathan Blockley (b. 1991), Scottish footballer

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Blockley Historic Events


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Blockley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Herbert Blockley, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Blockley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blockley 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 29 March 2016 at 07:58.

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