Blake Name Meaning & Origin

Blake

Pronunciation: BLAYK (key)

Origin of the name Blake:

Transferred use of the surname, which is of two separate derivations. It originates both from the Old En-glish blæc (black, dark-complexioned) and from the Old English blāc (bright, shining, pale, wan). The use of Blake as a given name stems from its prior use as a nick-name for someone with either a very dark or a very light complextion. Var: Blaike.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Blake

Blakers, Blakey, Blake the flake, Blay, B, Balacke

Meanings and history of the name Blake

Transferred use of the surname, which has two quite distinct etymologies. It is both from Old English blæc ‘black’ and from Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ it was thus originally a nickname given to someone with hair or skin that was either remarkably dark or remarkably light.

Famous real-life people named Blake

Blake Anderson, Comedian/Actor
Blake Bliss, Song Writer/YouTuber
Blake Shelton, Country Singer
Blake Griffin, American Professional Basketball Power Forward
Blake Swihart, American Professional Baseball Catcher
Blake Woodruff, Former American Child Actor, known for Cheaper by the Dozen
Blake Wheeler, professional ice hockey player (Winnipeg Jets)

Blake in song, story & screen

One (Blake's Got a New Face), song by Vampire Weekend
Blake Carrington, patriarch of the Carrington family in the 1980s TV series "Dynasty", played by John Forsythe.
Colonel Henry Blake, character on the first three seasons of popular television series M*A*S*H

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