From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
de BLÁCA—XII—le Blak, le Blake, Blake; i.e., 'the black,' from the complexion; a descriptive epithet which in course of time supplanted the original surname, which was Caddell. Caddel was used as an alias for Blake as late as the 17th century, when it fell into disuse. The Blakes were one of the 'tribes' of Galway. The first of the family to come into prominence was Richard Caddel, or Blake, who was sheriff of Connacht in the early years of the 14th century, and from him are descended the many disdinguished families of Blake in Ireland.
Alphabetical Index to Irish Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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