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

The name Blakemore is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the area of Blackmore. Early members lived near one of two places named Blakmore, a parish in the diocese of Winchester, and a parish in the diocese of St. Albans. The place-name is derived from the Old English words blaec, meaning black, and mor, meaning marsh, and would have been used to name a settlement near a dark marsh.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blakemore has been spelled many different ways, including Blakemore, Blackmore, Blackamore, Blackmere and others.

First found in Essex where they had been Lords of the manor of Blachemer from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blakemore research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1654, 1729 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Blakemore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blakemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blakemores to arrive in North America:

Blakemore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac, Francis, Henry, Thomas and William Blakemore arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1830 and 1870
  • Chas. Blakemore, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Emma Blakemore, aged 25, who settled in America from West Bromwick, in 1894

Blakemore Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry Thomas Blakemore, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Wednesbury, England, in 1908
  • Frederick Blakemore, aged 27, who emigrated to America from West Bromwich, England, in 1910
  • Constance Irene Blakemore, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Coventry, England, in 1912
  • Frances Blakemore, aged 22, who landed in America from Wolverhampton, England, in 1914
  • George Blakemore, aged 47, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1915


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  • Paul R. Blakemore, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University
  • Michael Howell Blakemore (b. 1928), Australian actor, writer and theatre director
  • Colin Blakemore, British neurobiologist specializing in vision
  • Stella Blakemore (1906-1991), South African author


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo
Motto Translation: For God.

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The Blakemore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blakemore 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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