The present generation of the Plakwell family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Plakwell family
The surname Plakwell 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 Plakwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plakwell 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 Plakwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plakwell Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Plakwell include 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 Plakwell 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 Plakwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plakwell family to Ireland
Some of the Plakwell 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 Plakwell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Plakwell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.