Blake Family History

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Blake Name Meaning

English: 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 Old English blac ‘wan’, ‘pale’, ‘white’, ‘fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blac, 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. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’, a personal name from bláth ‘flower’, ‘blossom’, ‘fame’, ‘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 name has been Gaelicized 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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Blake Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Blake. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Blake Family Origin

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Blake Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Blake occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Blake's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Blake. A less common occupation for the Blake family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Blake Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 83,000 immigration records available for the last name Blake. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Blake Life Expectancy

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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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