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Where did the English Blackmon family come from? What is the English Blackmon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blackmon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blackmon family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Blackmon surname lived in or near one of the two towns called Blanchminster and Blackmanstone in Essex. It is also probable that the name is of nickname derivation and was used to indicate a man with a dark complexion or dark hair.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Blackmon are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Blackmon include: Blackmonster, Blackemonster, Blackmanstone, Blauncmustre, Blancmustre, Blancmoster and many more.

First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackmon research. Another 497 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Blackmon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Blackmon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Blackmon or a variant listed above:

Blackmon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Blackmon, who landed in Iowa in 1888

Blackmon Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • William Blackmon, aged 38, who emigrated to America, in 1917
  • Olen Blackmon, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Ernest Blackmon, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Robert Blackmon, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1924

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  • Douglas A. Blackmon (b. 1964), American author awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • William Edwards Blackmon (b. 1984), American football safety / return specialist
  • Donald Kirk "Don" Blackmon (b. 1958), American football coach and former linebacker
  • Fred Leonard Blackmon (1873-1921), U.S. Representative from Alabama
  • Tray Blackmon (b. 1985), American professional football linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders
  • Samantha Blackmon, assistant professor, English department at Purdue University, Indiana


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The Blackmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackmon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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