Blackwell Family CrestThe English surname Blackwell is an habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cumbria, Derbyshire, County Durham, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, named Blackwell, derived from Old the English terms  blæc “black or dark” and  wæll meaning  “a spring or a stream.” The first written reference to the name is in 1012 when Leofric aet Blacewellan was recorded in the “Old English Bynames list” for the county of Worcestershire.  A noted bearer was Alexander Blackwell who died in 1747, was the physician to the King of Sweden; he was arrested for his connection with a political intrigue, and was condemned without a public trial and executed.

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