Last name: Black
This very old and famous surname, equally popular in Scotland and England, has at least two possible origins, the first being a nickname given by the invading Angles and Saxons to the native Celts and Britons who were darker-haired and darker-skinned than themselves. There is an ancient fable that Wulfricus Niger, otherwise known as Wulfric the Black circa 980, received his name after blackening his face in order to pass undetected through his enemies. The second possible origin is as a shortened form of Black-Smith, a worker in cold metals, as distinct from a White (Smith), one who worked in hot metals. The surname was popular in Scotland from the 15th Century. Adam Black of Edinburgh (1784 - 1874), a publisher, acquired the rights to the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1827. No less than ten Coats of Arms were granted to families of this name. Those borne by Gilbert Black, Dean of the Guild of Aberdeen (1672), depict a black saltire between a red mullet in chief and a red crescent in base, on a silver shield with a black chief. A demi lion proper is on the Crest, and the Motto, "Non Crux, sed lux", translates as, "Not the cross, but its light". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wulfhun des Blaca which was dated circa 901, in the "Old English Bynames Register", during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Elder", 899 - 924 A.D. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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My Mother and father are from Belfast N. Ireland.
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I was wondering if any slaves took on the blacks last name. Mainly cause I'm African American with this last name and I want to know more about my heritage
I do not know any other relative named Black other than my brothers and sisters , my father is the only one I know on his side of the family , his name was Donald Leroy Black born Sept. 21 1917
im trying to trace the BLACK family heritage
My family immigrated to Nova Scotia, from what I'm told our family was pretty much run out of Europe for being criminals, anyone with similar stories?
My fathers side of family is Indian and my great grandma is fully Indian but my moms side is African .I am Jamaican and I want to know about my family
My last name was supposed to be Black but when my ancestor married a different man she changed it again to Goodrich instead. :/ I have Native American/European ancestry as well as Polish, Scottish, Slovakian, and etc.
This is very interesting and will help with what I needed to no thank you x
I am told my family was from pennsylvania (dutch area).
I am told my family was from pennsylvania.
My family is from pennsylvania.
My family came from scotland before the U.S. was even a country, landing in Maine not sure what year i have it all written down somewhere.