Eleanor Blake

about 1534–

The Life of Eleanor

When Eleanor Blake was born about 1534, her father, Jasper Blake, was 52 and her mother, Lady Agnes Pigott, was 29.

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Jasper Blake
1482–1547
Lady Agnes Pigott
1505–1542
Peter Blake
1527–1570
Ele Blake
1531–
Alice Blake
1533–
Eleanor Blake
1534–
Thomas Blake
1535–
John Blake
1537–
Henry Blake
1529–

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Name Meaning

1 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.2 English: nickname from 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.3 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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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