This interesting and unusual name is possibly a variant of "Black" or "Blake", themselves deriving from two similar Olde English names which have opposite meanings, i.e. "bloec or blac", black, probably describing someone with dark hair, and "blac", pale or white, used to describe a fair-haired person, perhaps a viking or someone of Scandinavian origin. The name is largely confined to the Midlands, and seems to have originated in south-west Shropshire. It was first found recorded in Wistanstow, Shropshire, in the 13th Century as "Blyke". By the mid 15th Century it had taken the form "Bluck", with occasional variations such as "Blooke" and "Blowke". William, son of Johis Blucke, was christened at Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, on February 28th 1561, while Ann Jones married william Blucke at St. Leonard's, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on February 22nd 1576. At Allhallows, London Wall, London, on December 3rd 1620, the marriage of John Blucke and Margaret Esingwood took place. Aaron, son of Timothy and Mary Bluck, was christened at Maidstone, Shropshire, on March 21st 1734. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John le Blyk, which was dated 1328, in "Kirby's Quest for Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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