Blagdon Name Study

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Our Goals

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Blagdon and its variants, starting in Great Britain. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, Ros Haywood, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

So, would you like to have the category link on your BLAGDON profiles? It is [[Category:Blagdon_Name_Study]]

I tend to be more inclusive than some folk who run their Name Study: if the individual was born a BLAGDON, then they're in, and if they were a lady who married a BLAGDON, then she's in (because I figure she probably lived most of her life as a BLAGDON).


I participated in Thomas MacEntee's "Genealogy Do-Over" in 2015, and began with my BLAGDON line in Devon and Cornwall, because it had come to a stop at 1800 with my then-'brick wall ancestor', John Blagdon. I have been fortunate in that FindMyPast have not only indexed the Devon registers, but have also scanned the originals. So, to my delight, I was able to go further back...and back...and back (with sources!). During this journey, I became familiar with all the names and closer to the people, and decided to start up a Blagdon Surname Study with The Surname Society. I added upon it with this WikiTree version.

Origin of the Blagdon surname

This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called "Blackden" or "Blagdon", or "Blagden farm" in Hempstead, Essex. Blackden in Cheshire, Blagden in Essex and Blagdon in Northumberland share the same meaning and derivation, which is "the dark or black valley", derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "blaec", black, with "denu", valley, while the places called Blagdon in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, recorded as "Blakedone" in 1242, "Blakeson" in 1234, and "Blachedone" in the Domesday Book of 1086 respectively mean "the black hill", derived from the Old English "blaec", black, and "dun", down, hill, mountain.

The modern surname can be found as Blackden, Blagden and Blagdon. One John Blagden was christened at St. Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, London, on December 28th 1595. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger de Blakeden, which was dated 1275, The Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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