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Blakely Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from Blackley north of Manchester in Lancashire or possibly in some instances from Blackley in Yorkshire from apparently a compound of Old English blæc + lēah ‘black clearing’. Some forms suggest the name may be derived from an unrecorded place in Bury or Prestwich called Blakelaw ‘black hill’ (Old English blæc ‘black’ + hlāw ‘hill’) or that Blackley was also known as Blakelaw. Confusion between -law and -ley is not uncommon. The surname was confused with (and may also be a source of) Blakey . English: habitational name from Blakeley Hall in Witton le Wear (County Durham) from Old English blæc ‘black’ + hlāw ‘hill’. English: habitational name probably from Blakeley in Staffordshire with the same etymology as 1 and 2 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Blakeney, Blake, Blakeway, Lake, Akeley, Gravely, Blakeslee, Blakeley

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You can see how Blakely families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blakely family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blakely families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Blakely families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Blakely's in USA. New York had the highest population of Blakely families in 1840.
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What did your Blakely ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Blakely. 20% of Blakely men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Blakely women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blakely were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Blakely life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Blakely in 1945 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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