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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Colin Black
My Mother and father are from Belfast N. Ireland.

i feels so special

shay black
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

Gary Black
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

Hayley Black
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?

Najwa black
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

Ashley Goodrich

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.

marie black

This is very interesting and will help with what I needed to no thank you x

michelle black

I am told my family was from pennsylvania (dutch area).

michelle black

I am told my family was from pennsylvania.

michelle black

My family is from pennsylvania.

D. Black

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.

P. Black
I am a black Black. Does that say something about where my ancestor's slave master's were from? I hope that makes sense. Thanks

Andrew Black
Dandy chapter

Cato Black
I'm from Mississippi.

Julie Black
Nice to know more about my surname..but would love to know more about my Black family ancestors who lived in the Lincolnshire 4 x grandfather also was baptised Pocklington Black...does that make sense?

Samantha Black
I've always been told my family originated in Scotland and were driven out due to practicing cannibalism! On paper, I've only been able to work out my great grand father was born in Ireland and was in the Army band. I'd like to know if the cannibalism thing is true though!