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Blake Name Meaning

English and Scottish (England and central Scotland): variant of Black 1 meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘dark-haired’ from a byform of the Old English adjective blæc blac ‘black’ with change of vowel length. English: nickname from Middle English blak(e) (Old English blāc) ‘wan pale white fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blāc with opposite meanings fell together as Middle English blake. In the absence of independent evidence as to whether the person referred to was dark or fair it is now impossible to tell which sense was originally meant. English (Norfolk): nickname from Middle English bleik blaik> blek(e) (Old Norse bleikr) ‘pale or sallow’ (in complexion). Irish: Anglicized form of Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’ a personal name from bláth ‘flower blossom’ (also meaning ‘fame or prosperity’) + mac ‘son’. In some instances however the Irish name is derived from Old English blæc ‘dark swarthy’ as in 1 above. Many bearers are descended from Richard Caddell nicknamed le blac sheriff of Connacht in the early 14th century. The English surname has been Gaelicized as de Bláca.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lake, Brake, Clare, Lane, Bake, Place, Blank, Blackie, Blade, Blaske

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You can see how Blake families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blake family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blake families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 668 Blake families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Blake's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Blake families in 1911.
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What did your Blake ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Blake. 27% of Blake men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Blake women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blake were Clerk and Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Farmer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 94,000 military records available for the last name Blake. For the veterans among your Blake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blake lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Blake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Blake in 1940 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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