Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e)
‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given
from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man.
and English: from Old English blāc ‘pale’, ‘fair’,
i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of
Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less
interchangeably in several surnames and place names.
- English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the
nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and
its quality was often ignored.
- Scottish and Irish: translation of various names from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see
- Danish and Swedish: generally, probably the English
and Scottish name, but in some cases perhaps a variant spelling of
Blak, a nickname from blak ‘black’.
some cases, a translation of various names meaning ‘black’, for
example German and Jewish Schwarz.
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