Blake: Boys Baby Name Meaning

Blake Baby Name

The name Blake means ‘black’ or ‘white’.

Blake originated as a surname in England derived from a nickname derived from two Olde English words ‘blæc’ meaning ‘black’ and ‘blāc’ meaning ‘white, pale’.

Oddly, both words likely derive their meanings from the same Proto-Indo-European root ‘to burn, gleam, shine, flash’ – hence, ‘burned’ (dark) and ‘shine, flash’ (light, colorless). 

The surname originated from two distinct nicknames that signified a person with hair or skin color that was either remarkably dark (as in the Celts) or extremely pale (as in the Anglo-Saxons).

Eventually, the nicknames came together to form the same last name Blake. Blake is an example of a surname derived from a nickname; one which first appeared in the 12th century rendered as ‘le Blake’ in Devonshire.

It was also an early surname in the New World in the 17th century, specifically in the settlement of Virginia.

Famous people who share the name Blake:

Blake Edwards (director); Blake Shelton (country musician).

 

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