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Gender: Male Meaning of Blackwell: "black well or stream" Origin of Blackwell: English

The name Blackwell is a boy's name of English origin meaning "black well or stream". Blackwell and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

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Famous People Named Blackwell

Otis Blackwell, American singer-songwriter
Robert Alexander "Bumps" Blackwell, American bandleader
Kevin Patrick Blackwell, English footballer
Ian David Blackwell, English cricketer
Ewell Blackwell, American baseball player
James Bartholomew Blackwell, Irish-French mercenary
Elizabeth Blackwell, first American woman physician

Pop Culture References for the name Blackwell

Blackwell, character in manga series "Gals!"
Rosangela Blackwell, main character in video game series Blackwell
Ace Blackwell, character on TV's "Half & Half"


Mobjack Says:


I know this thread is super old and most likely abandoned by now, but I'm gonna give it's go. I was interested In HOW Blackwell was symbolic as a name, as you mentioned. It is an old family name, and indeed it started as a surname, but made the jump to first name back in the 1700's when my 5th great grandma married a Smith, but I imagine she wanted to honor her father's family by naming her son her maiden family name.

moraea Says:


Ashley, Lesley, Hudson, Bailey, Sawyer & Tamsin were all surnames originally and they have done very well as firsts. I think Blackwell works better as a middle though. I also feel that if you have an unusually uncommon surname that you want to use, such as Braier, it should be from within your own family & that there are certain names that simply don't work as a first, such as Janik & Schmitt, or ones that work better as a variation ie Thompson= Tamsin or Thomas

Guest Says:


I think that's a bit silly. Using a last name for a first name is silly in general.

Minzie Says:


I generally agree with you except for Stanley. I think Stanley is a lovely name for a boy, despite it being a surname.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I agree with not having surnames as first names. Only I feel that way to the ones that are established surnames like Newton, Stanley and Langley.

l_cotton Says:


I have a personal bias against surnames that aren't from within your own family as first names. Otherwise, the name Blackwell is a deeply symbolic name and the family is quite old, overall a lovely name.