Last name: Blackwell

This ancient surname is of Olde English and Anglo-Saxon origins. It is locational from any of the places called Blackwell in the counties of Derbyshire, Durham and Worcestershire. These were recorded as "Blacheuuelle" in the Domesday Book for Derbyshire in 1086, and as "Blacwaelle" in the Saxon Cartularium of Durham, even earlier in 964 a.d. The placename itself means "black stream", from the pre 7th century elements "blaec", generally meaning "dark coloured", and referring to the colour of the water, and "waella", a spring or branch of a main stream. The surname may also be topographical for a dweller by a black stream. The surname is one of the earliest on record, being first recorded in the early 11th Century (see below). Other early recordings include Mauricius de Blacwella recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in 1175. Benedictus de Blakewelle mentioned in the Assize Court Rolls of Durham in 1243; and Robert atte Blakewell listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Alexander Blackwell who died in 1747, was the physician to the King of Sweden; he was arrested for his connection with a political intrigue, and was condemned without a public trial and executed. A coat of arms with the blazon of paly, silver and blue, on a red chief a gold lion passant guardant, was granted to the Blackwell's of Sprouston Hall, Norfolk. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Leofric aet Blacewellan. This was dated 1012, in the Old English Bynames list for the county of Worcestershire, during the reign of Ethelred the Unready, 978 - 1016. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jill Blackwell Hoel
My Blackwell line was Robert Blackwell who imigrated from England to the United States in 1640 starting off in Virginia than later the Carolinas....and his decendents who then migrated to Texas/Oklahoma. I haven't been able to find out where in England Robert Blackwell migrated the trail stops there.

Tishara Blackwell
Tishara Blackwell from GA. My grandmother Gwen is from Arkansas and later moved to WV.

Cheyenne Blackwell
I come from a long line of blackwells in Arkansas.

James Blackwell
James Blackwell from Albany, GA

Hi, my name is Stephen Blackwell and I'm a descendant of the Blackwells from Shiply near Bradford in Yorkshire UK, I can trace my heritage to Robert & Sophia Blackwell around 1841, and Robert Blackwell's parents Nathan & Naomi Blackwell around 1812, any help would be much appreciated thank you.

Sandra Graff
My mother's maiden name was Blackwell. Her grandfather was William Richard Blackwell from St. Louis. He was born in 1860. His mother's last name was Liming or Leming.

Jonathan Blackwell

Jonathan Blackwell from Kennesaw, GA

Monty Blackwell

I was just beginning to look for my ancestors. mostly from NC and a few in SC. My grandfather was Ernst McKinzie Blackwell and my grandmother was Mary Mesimer Blackwell. Most of my dad's family have passed and those left cannot seem to remember their grandfathers name( my great grandfather). Any help would be appreciated.

William Blackwell Try thees 2 links

Julie Blackwell

Julie Blackwell from Idaho. Great Grandfather Samuel Benton Blackwell migrated to Idaho via Oregon Trail from Tennessee

Ashley Blackwell

Ashley blackwell from Virginia. I have a grandpa S. blackwell, mom P. Blackwell in south Carolina.

Callum Blackwell
Son Of Neil Blackwell who was son of Roy Blackwell. I'm currently living in Maidstone, Kent, England

Sophie Blackwell
my gagy and daddy and mummy and sister in bangor ni

Angela Blackwell
Originally from Durham, England. Daughter of Vince Blackwell. Traced back as far as Robert Blackwell, Sheffield, England Born 1820 my Great great great great grandfather

H.W. Blackwell
Hello, my family came from Smith Co. Mississippi

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