John Blake

October 1761–23 March 1798
Launceston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Blake was born in October 1761, in Launceston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, his father, Henry Blake, was 28 and his mother, Charity Philp, was 32. He married Margaret White on 8 February 1785, in Launceston St Mary Magdalene, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He was buried in St Stephens by Launceston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

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John Blake
Margaret White
Marriage: 8 February 1785
John Blake
Mary Blake
James Blake
Richard Blake

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8 February 1785
Launceston St Mary Magdalene, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom


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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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  • John Blake, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John Blake in entry for James Blake, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John Blake in entry for Richard Blake, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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