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|The meaning of the name Black:|
- Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man.
- Scottish and English: from Old English blac ‘pale’, ‘fair’, i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less interchangeably in several surnames and place names.
- English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and its quality was often ignored.
- Scottish and Irish: translation of various names from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see Duff).
- Danish and Swedish: generally, probably the English and Scottish name, but in some cases perhaps a variant spelling of Blak, a nickname from blak ‘black’.
- In some cases, a translation of various names meaning ‘black’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz.
|Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Mar 2003|
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