This is a Northern English and Scottish locational name deriving from a place thus called in the East Riding of Yorkshire or from the lands of Blackwood in Lanarkshire and in Dumfriesshire - so called from the Olde English pre 7th century 'blaec' meaning 'black', plus 'wude', a wood. The surname from this source is first recorded in the early half of the 14th century. The first recorded Scottish namebearer being Robert Blakwode 'discharged from prison in London as unjustly arrested' 1384. One Andrew Blackwud was bailie of Perth in 1532 and an Adam Blackwood was one of the Privy Council of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1567)...
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