Blackett or Blacket is a surname of English derivation.
Blackett is an English
surnamethat is found throughout the British Islesand the English speaking world. The name is a corruption of Black Head, and in early times had various spellings as Blakehed, Blackheved, Blackved and Blackett. Later spelling, particularly in parish registers, were generally based on the sound and intuition of the bearer, and for that reason spelling variations are to be found with Blackett sometimes spelled Blacket or even Blackitt.
The surname is especially concentrated in
Englandin the counties of Durhamin the North of England. Blackett and Blacket is also found in Canada, Australiaand New Zealandand the United States of America.
Origins and History
The origins of the Blackett family can be traced back to the County of Durham in the North East of England, where almost all early instances occur. The most predominant line appears to stem from Woodcroft in County Durham and representatives were to be found in surrounding parishes of Hamsterley, Stanhope, Witton and Brancepeth.
The arms of Thomas Blacket (1525-1603) are
* COAT OF ARMS “Argent on a chevron, between three mullets sable, as many escallops in the field”
* CREST: “A hawk’s head erased, proper”
* MOTTO: “Nous travaillerons en esperance”
Andrea Blackett(born 1976), Barbadian athlete
* Sir Basil Blackett (1882-1935), finance expert
Edmund Blacket(1817-1883), Australian architect
Sir William Blackett, 1st Baronet, of Matfen(1620-1680) businessman and MP
Sir Edward Blackett, 2nd Baronetof Matfen (1649-1718) MP, builder of Newby Hall
Sir William Blackett, 1st Baronet, of Newcastle(1657- 1705) MP
Sir William Blackett, 2nd Baronetof Newcastle (1690-1728) MP
Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Baronetof Matfen (1719-1804) MP
Sir Walter Blackett, 2nd Baronet(born Calverley) MP
Lee Blackett(born 1982), rugby player
Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett(1897-1974), scientist - Nobel prize winner
Blackett of Wylam
Swallows and Amazons
* [http://www.theblacketts.com/ The Blacketts of North East England]
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