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n. 1 (surname A=An English from=nicknames dot=), derived from ''black'' (dark haired), or from Old English blac, ''pale'' or ''fair''. 2 (surname from=Irish dot=) anglicised from (etyl ga en) (term Ó Bláthmhaic Irish). 3 (given name male from=surnames) transferred from the surnames. 4 (context rather rare English) (given name female from=surnames) transferred from the surname.


Blake is a surname or a given name which originated from Old English. Its derivation is uncertain; it could come from "blac", a nickname for someone who had dark hair or skin, or from "blaac", a nickname for someone with pale hair or skin. Another theory is that it is a corruption of "Ap Lake", meaning "Son of Lake".

Blake was the name of one of the 14 Tribes of Galway in Ireland. These Blakes were descendants of Richard Caddell, alias Blake, who was involved in the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. As such a long present foreign name it became known as de Bláca in Irish.

The origins of the name Blake are also considered to be Old Norse, first appearing in Yorkshire, England, possibly derived from the word Blaker, referring to a village and a former municipality of Akershus county, Norway (east of Oslo).

Blake often refers to the British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake (1757–1827) or to the contemporary figurative artist Blake.

Blake (band)

Blake is a British vocal group. Blake comprises three men whose friendship and musical careers date back to their school days. After reuniting via Facebook as adults they had recorded their first album in six months. It went to No. 1 in the UK Classical Album Chart, selling over 100,000 copies in three weeks, earning the group a Gold Disc. The album received the Classical Brit Award for Album of the Year in 2008.

Their second album, And So It Goes, peaked at No. 12 in the UK pop charts and No.1 in several classical charts around the world. During 2008 and 2009 the group undertook tours of Australia and Japan. 2009 continued with a tour, the creation of their new record label, Blake Records, and the release of their third album, Together. They finished 2009 with a 30-night tour in Scandinavia. In 2010 ‘Beautiful Earth’ was selected by the World Wildlife Fund as its Earth Hour Anthem, and their album Together reached No. 1 in the Australian Classical Charts and No. 1 in the South African Classical Charts. Blake took their ‘An Evening With Blake’ show to over 40 locations throughout the UK, performing to over 50,000 people. After being invited to Buckingham Palace twice during 2010, Blake released ‘All of Me’ in 2011 - written by Simon May.

Blake had over 90 live concert appearances in 2011. They had début tours of the Philippines and Russia and headlined the Henley Festival. They also performed for Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. In 2012 the toured China and the USA for the first time and returned to the Philippines for 20 concerts there. In addition to long hours in the recording studio working on their fourth album, the group also found time for a performance at the Olympic Stadium in the run-up to the 2012 Games.

In 2013 Blake launched their fourth album Start Over in the UK and the USA. The year also saw performances at Wembley Stadium for the Rugby League Cup final, the group’s first play-listed song on BBC Radio 2 (‘So Happy’), tours to Indonesia and Trinidad & Tobago plus the launchof their first Asia-only album. Towards the end of 2013, the band launched two charity singles. ‘You Raise Me Up’ was recorded with the soprano Camilla Kerslake and the ‘Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir’, made up entirely of women affected by the disease, and was released in October shortly before a 20 date UK tour where Camilla appeared as their guest artist. ‘To The Sun’ was released in November and debuted live in Trafalgar square as the anthem for the launch of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole challenge in the presence of Prince Harry.

Blake are also ambassadors for certain charities, which include, amongst others, Cancer Research, The War Widows Association, The World Wildlife Fund, Clic Sargent, The Prince’s Trust, Variety (The Children’s Charity), MIND, Starlight, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The band continue to do much work for military charities, performing at the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial in London for the Queen and 5,000 veterans in the summer of 2012.

At the end of 2014 Blake released their fifth album In Harmony.

In 2015 Blake have been back on tour throughout the UK, played at the famous Holders Festival in Barbados.

After funding their first independent album on Pledge, Blake teamed up with Dame Shirley Bassey for a version of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) which will appear on their first ever Christmas album.

Dame Shirley explains how the collaboration came about: “Blake sang Moon River at my 70th birthday party, and then we met again at the reception of [the charity] Variety’s 70th anniversary six months ago. Ollie mentioned singing a Christmas song together, and I said I’ve never done a Christmas song before!”

Blake (monologue)

Blake is a monologue by Elliott Hayes. It is based on the life of the English poet William Blake and infused with poetry from Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Performances include:

  • The Writers' Theater (1996)
  • The 1983 Stratford Festival of Canada
Blake (disambiguation)

Blake is a given name and surname of English origin.

Blake or Blake's may also refer to:

Blake (sculptor)

Blake is a contemporary sculptor with a studio in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Blake (film)

Blake is a 1969 Canadian short documentary film produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The film was directed by Bill Mason about his friend and fellow filmmaker Blake James, who pilots his own aircraft and lives by a unique code. Blake is Mason's cinematic testimonial to his friend and his "hobo of the skies" lifestyle.

Blake (Surrey cricketer)

Blake (first name and dates unknown) was an English first-class cricketer who made a single appearance for Surrey in 1773. Blake made one known first-class appearance, scoring 8 runs with a highest innings of 8. He did not bowl.

As Blake had established his reputation by 1773, he must have been active for some years previously and his career probably began in the 1760s. Very few players were mentioned by name in contemporary reports and there are no other references to Blake.

BLAKE (hash function)

BLAKE and BLAKE2 are cryptographic hash functions based on Dan Bernstein's ChaCha stream cipher, but a permuted copy of the input block, XORed with some round constants, is added before each ChaCha round. Like SHA-2, there are two variants differing in the word size. ChaCha operates on a 4×4 array of words. BLAKE repeatedly combines an 8-word hash value with 16 message words, truncating the ChaCha result to obtain the next hash value. BLAKE-256 and BLAKE-224 use 32-bit words and those output digest size are 256 bits and 224 bits, while BLAKE-512 and BLAKE-384 use 64-bit words and those output digest size are 512 bits and 384 bits.

Usage examples of "blake".

We had no tide tables now, but Blake reckoned the ship had gone aground about an hour or at the most two hours after low water.

Blake speaks of a case of congenital amputation of both the upper extremities.

Blake bestrode had faced many a savage cat, and larger, too, by far than this one, and so he fell into his charging stride with no show of fear or nervousness and the two thundered down upon Sheeta while the creature that was to have been its prey looked on with wide, astounded eyes.

I suppose, from the hero worship he developed when he was a teenager, and Blake was a star bronc rider on the rodeo circuit.

The odor of sodium hypochlorite was strong near the sink, but Pierre braved it to stand menacingly over Blake.

Something Blake needs to announce, a chance locution that threatens to change his life.

Batman Wayne and Malibu Blake burst from the open doorway, still wearing their flight suits and carrying their helmets.

Instead, you could respond to the melodious chimes of a Wedgwood jasper, a Blake drawing, see the brilliant leaves tumble on a Sisley canvas.

Mort Weisinger, for a series of stories under his own name, built around the characters of Penton and Blake, two fugitives from Earth.

Primarily known as a writer of superior space opera like the Penton and Blake stories and THE MIGHTIEST MACHINE 1934 in the Stuart persona he changed to an emphasis on reflection and the responses of human beings to technology and the human condition.

She greeted Blake with a glad smile, and waited to hear what Pinnock had to say.

Blake, and he stated that he was born with a large naevus spreading over the upper parts of the thighs and lower parts of the trunk, like bathing-tights, and resembling the pelt of an animal.

Blake had lost track of the number of times her eyes had fluttered all the way shut before she jerked back awake at the sound of the church organ or a responsorial reading.

Blake under whom the old seaman Solomon Sprent had fought against the Dutch.

Blake stifled a pang for his own nurse, who had been dearer than his mother when he was young.