Black Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. Scottish and English: from Old English blac ‘pale’, ‘fair’, i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less interchangeably in several surnames and place names. English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and its quality was often ignored. Scottish and Irish: translation of various names from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see Duff). Danish and Swedish: generally, probably the English and Scottish name, but in some cases perhaps a variant spelling of Blak, a nickname from blak ‘black’. In some cases, a translation of various names meaning ‘black’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz.

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

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Black Family Origin

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Black Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Black. A less common occupation for the Black family was Farming. The most common Black occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Black's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, Black life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Black in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Black

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