When Verl Grant Black was born on 15 April 1913, in Blanding, San Juan, Utah, United States, his father, Benjamin Grant Black, was 33 and his mother, Jennie Malinda Brown, was 22. He married Lillian Ann Briscoe on 9 August 1939, in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 4 February 1992, in West Valley City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Valley View Memorial Park, West Valley City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .
Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .
Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.
INTRODUCTION In the Fall of 1977, while Aunt Jennie was living with Leon and Marge, I got her permission to let me do some recording. I had read the history that Aunt Laura had written, and had spent …