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Arms of Blake: Argent a fret gules.
Gender Mainly Male

Blake is a surname or a given name which originated from Old English. Its derivation is uncertain; it could come from "blac", a nickname for someone who had dark hair or skin, or from "blaac", a nickname for someone with pale hair or skin.[1] Another theory is that it is a corruption of "Ap Lake", meaning "Son of Lake".[2]

Blake was the name of one of the 14 Tribes of Galway in Ireland. These Blakes were descendants of Richard Caddell, alias Blake, who was involved in the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. As such a long present foreign name it became known as de Bláca in Irish.[3]

The origins of the name Blake are also considered to be Old Norse, first appearing in Yorkshire, England, possibly derived from the word Blaker, referring to a village and a former municipality of Akershus county, Norway (east of Oslo).

Blake often refers to the British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake (1757–1827) or to the contemporary figurative artist Blake.


  • Males with given name Blake 1
  • Females with the given name Blake 2
  • People with surname Blake 3
    • A 3.1
    • B 3.2
    • C 3.3
    • D 3.4
    • E 3.5
    • F 3.6
    • G 3.7
    • H 3.8
    • J 3.9
    • K 3.10
    • L 3.11
    • M 3.12
    • N 3.13
    • P 3.14
    • Q 3.15
    • R 3.16
    • S 3.17
    • T 3.18
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    • W 3.20
    • Y 3.21
  • Blake as sole name 4
  • Blake as sole name 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Males with given name Blake

Females with the given name Blake

People with surname Blake








  • Geoffrey Blake, several people
  • George Blake, several people including
    • George Blake (born 1922), British spy, double agent for the Soviet Union
    • George A.H. Blake (1810-1884), American army officer
    • George E. Blake (1775–1871), American music publisher
  • Gerald Blake, British television director
  • Gillian Blake, British actress
  • Gordon Blake, USAF general





Lola Blake - (1989-) YA and women's fiction writer





  • Quentin Blake, English cartoonist, illustrator and children's author







Blake as sole name

Blake as sole name

  • "Blake", also means Strong or Bold

See also


  1. ^ Blake entry on the Internet Surname Database. Retrieved 13 February 2009
  2. ^ An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857. Retrieved from 13 February 2009
  3. ^
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