Blackford Family CrestThe English and Scottish surname Blackford is an habitational name from any of various places called Blackford, for example in Somerset, from the Old English terms  blæc meaning “black, or dark” and  ford meaning “ford.” There are estimated to be at least ten places called Blackford in England and one in Scotland, Blackford in Dunfermline, and all at various times may well have produced the Blackford surname. In Scotland the first recordings may be that of Paul Blakfurd, who was accused of manslaughter in Ayr in 1509, whilst John Blackmore is recorded in Perth in 1662. Early New World records include George Blackford who arrived in Charleston South Carolina from England in 1635. Today there are more than 4,000 bearers of the name Blackford in the US. 

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