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Blake Coat of Arms / Blake Family Crest

Blake Coat of Arms / Blake Family Crest

One of the so-called 'Tribes of Galway' the BLAKES were prominent in that city since the 14th century and were landowners in many parts of the country. Their ancestral name was originally Caddell, of Welsh origin, but was supplanted by Blake, first used as an alias by their common ancestor Richard Caddell alias Niger (or Blake) who was Sheriff of Connacht in 1303 and owned an estate in the Barony of Dunkellin. The Blakes in Kildare, where there are three Blakestowns, also descend from the Galway Blakes. The name in Gaelic is le Blaca or de Blaca. The name in England was a nickname for one with a dark and swarthy complexion. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records of the name mention Hamo le Blake, 1273, County Buckinghamshire. William le Blake of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Edward Blake of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention Robert Blake (1599-1657) the English Admiral; fought with distinction against the Dutch and Spanish fleets. Allin Blake married Dorothy Peregrine at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1783. William Blake (1757-1827). English poet, painter and mystic, who engraved and sometimes coloured by hand, many of his own works, which included the 'Songs of Innocence' 'Songs of Experience' and 'Prophetic Books'. The name Bleeke was introduced to England by a waterman recorded at Gravesend in Kent in 1653, from Germany, and was a variant of the name Blake as it is used today. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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