Blackie Family in South Africa.

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This interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly it could be a diminutive of the surname Black, itself having many possible origins, as a nickname given by the invading Angles and Saxons to the native Celts and Britons who were darker haired and skinned that themselves, as a shortened form of Black-smith and from the old English pre 7th Century “blac” meaning pale or fair. It may also have come from the Middle English “blak” meaning black and the Old English “ege” eye; hence “black-eye”, and would have originated as a nickname for a person with beautiful dark eyes or one who was reputed to have the power of casting the evil eye on someone. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century, (see below). One, Roger Blackheye is registered in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk (1327). On January 12th 1608, Margaret Blackie married Robert Bryson, at Inveresk, Midlothian, and Grissell Blackie married William Adame, on August 20th 1611, at South Leith, Midlothian. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Blackeye, which was dated 1275, The Hundred Rolls of Norfolk, during the reign of King Edward 1, “The Hammer of the Scots”, 1272 – 1309. 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.” – Surname Database

BLACKIE. Diminutive of BLACK, q.v. Pay- ment to John Blakye in Clony is recorded in 1506 (Rent. Dunk., p. 160), William Blakye was dompnus in Newbattle Abbey, 1528 (Neu~ botle, p. 284), and another William Blakie or Blakyie appears in 1547 and 1566 as in- habitant of Leith (Soltre, p. 112, 128…

Professor John Stuart Blackie (1809- 1895) was the best known of the name. Prob- ably confused with BLAIKIE. Blaky 1527. …

The surnames of Scotland, their origin meaning and history / George F. Black

My second great-grandfather was John Blackie, born in Glasgow, Scotland on 13.01.1822. He died on 28.01.1870 in Bloemfontein, Motheo, Free State, South Africa. John married Maggel Johanna Catharina van der Merwe on 20.10.1849. in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Maggel was born on 8.10.1830 in Colesberg, Bo-Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa. She died in Fauresmith, South Africa on 20.01.1863
His second marriage on 5.06.1863 in Bloemfontein was to Christina Johanna Parkin, who was born in Hopetown on 17.04.1846, she died in Kimberley on 6.11.1887.
Source: [SOUTH-AFRICA-ORANGE-FREE-STATE] Free State Founding Fathers)

“Verskeie van John Blackie se nageslag het tydens die Anglo Boereoorlog in konsentrasiekampe gesterf. Na die oorlog het van die Blackie gesinne verhuis na Argentinië, waar daar nog van hulle woon.”
Bron: [SOUTH-AFRICA-ORANGE-FREE-STATE] Free State Founding Fathers)

My Grandfather Joachim Hendrik Blackie (30 th of December 1887-15.5.1942) Joachim Hendrik Blackie (30 th of December 1887-) and he’s wife Heiltje (Hilda) Johanna Gertruida Pelser (17 July 1892 -26.5.1968) (My Ouma) (Grandmother)

Miriam Blackie
My Mother


“Die Suid-Afrikaanse-Argentynse Monument
Suid Afrikaanse-Argentynse Monument in die stad van Comodoro Rivadavia wat die 100 jare van die Boere Gemeenskap in Argentinië herdenk, dit was in 2002 gebou.”
“Op dieselfde monument staan die vanne gekerf van Boere wat ná die Anglo-Boereoorlog hiernatoe geëmigreer het, byvoorbeeld, Van der Merwe, Viviers, Kruger, Van Wyk, Visser, Naudé, Van der Walt, Blackie, Botha, Van der Linde, De Bruyn, Joubert, Vorster, Snyman, Du Plessis, Pienaar, Dickanson, Myburgh, Van Heerden, Grobelaar, Edwards, Van Zyl, Venter, Coetzee, Schlebusch, om net ´n paar vanne te noem, ensovoorts. EER JOU VADER EN JOU MOEDER, is op die monument geskryf/” =
Die Roepstem Argentina

(Foto: J.I. Pino Coviello)

South Africans in Patagonia

Derduisende volg Die laaste Boere van Patagonië

South Africans in Pategonia

Miriam Blackie
My Mother

Ouma’s Recipes
My grandmother Heiltje (Hilda) Johanna Gertruida Pelser (17 July 1892 -May 26, 1968 (74) Klerksdorp, South Africa)

My Grandfather
Joachim Hendrik Blackie
(30 th of December 1887-15.5.1942)


The Blackie Family Group (Facebook)

Blackie family history in South Africa  (Facebook)

Blackie – Family History & Genealogy Message Board

Die Roepstem Argentina

The Boers at the End of the World / Boere op die Aardsdrempel

Boer-tyne: ‘n Familiefotoalbum uit Argentinië

Argentinian Boer Friends (Facebook)

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