in 1066 A.D.
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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Blackdown occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Blackden, Blackenden, Blackdean, Blackdon, Blaikden, Blackdene and many more.
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Blackdown, or a spelling variation of the surname include: Elizabeth Blackden who settled in Boston Massachusetts with her husband in 1766; she alternately spelled her name Blackden, Blackdon, and Blackdoor.