This family has been present in Jersey since the 16th century, but it is impossible to trace any family tree back beyond the early 19th century
John Blake, born Jersey 1888, died Capetown 1954
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Origins of surname
The derivation of this name is somewhat confusing. It either comes from the old English blac, meaning black, or blaac, meaning white. So the original Blake either had dark hair or fair hair.
There were Blake marriages in St Saviour from 1543, through the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, but it was not until early in the 19th century that a family became established.
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Great War service
A postcard sent to Miss A Blake in 1903. This was Alma Nina Blake (1887- ), living at Hatton Cottage, Elizabeth Street, a boarder in the Renouf houshold at the time of the 1901 census. Very little is known about Alma. Her baptism record shows that she was baptised at St Luke's Church on 16 June 1887, the daughter of another Alma Nina, whose surname was not given. Her father was shown as a mariner called Blake, but his forename was not recorded. One of her godparents was Jane Renouf, who was probably the Jane, wife of Charles, who was the head of household at Hatton Cottage.