The surname of BLAIKLEY is of the local group of surnames and meant one who came from Blakely in Lancashire, the dweller in the wood or clearing. (The name is usually pronounced as Blakeley). Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. Early records of the name mention William de la Blekeleigh, listed in the Parliament writs of Staffordshire in 1301. Robert atte Blakeley was recorded in the year 1337 in County Yorkshire and Thomas Bleckly of County Lancashire, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Johannes Blakely of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could aquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Janes Blakeley of Bury (widow) was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1626, and Ralph Blackeley of Bury, was included in the same Wills. William James, son of James and Esther Blackley was baptised at Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1791. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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