Blackett or Blacket is a surname of English derivation.

Blackett is an English surname that is found throughout the British Isles and the English speaking world. The name is a corruption of Black Head, and in early times had various spellings as Blakehed, Blackheved, Blackved and Blackett. Later spelling, particularly in parish registers, were generally based on the sound and intuition of the bearer, and for that reason spelling variations are to be found with Blackett sometimes spelled Blacket or even Blackitt.


The surname is especially concentrated in England in the counties of Durham in the North of England. Blackett and Blacket is also found in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the United States of America.

Origins and History

The origins of the Blackett family can be traced back to the County of Durham in the North East of England, where almost all early instances occur. The most predominant line appears to stem from Woodcroft in County Durham and representatives were to be found in surrounding parishes of Hamsterley, Stanhope, Witton and Brancepeth.


The arms of Thomas Blacket (1525-1603) are
* COAT OF ARMS “Argent on a chevron, between three mullets sable, as many escallops in the field”
* CREST: “A hawk’s head erased, proper”
* MOTTO: “Nous travaillerons en esperance”


* Andrea Blackett (born 1976), Barbadian athlete
* Sir Basil Blackett (1882-1935), finance expert
* Edmund Blacket (1817-1883), Australian architect
* Blackett Baronets
**Sir William Blackett, 1st Baronet, of Matfen (1620-1680) businessman and MP
**Sir Edward Blackett, 2nd Baronet of Matfen (1649-1718) MP, builder of Newby Hall
**Sir William Blackett, 1st Baronet, of Newcastle (1657- 1705) MP
**Sir William Blackett, 2nd Baronet of Newcastle (1690-1728) MP
**Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Baronet of Matfen (1719-1804) MP
* Calverley-Blackett Baronets
**Sir Walter Blackett, 2nd Baronet (born Calverley) MP
*Lee Blackett (born 1982), rugby player
*Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett (1897-1974), scientist - Nobel prize winner
*Blackett of Wylam

Fictional Blacketts

*Blackett Family Swallows and Amazons
*Sergeant Blackitt Z Cars

External links

* [ The Blacketts of North East England]

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