In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Blackamore surname 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.
Early Origins of the Blackamore family
The surname Blackamore was first found in Essex
where they had been Lords of the manor of Blachemer from very ancient times.
Early History of the Blackamore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackamore research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1654, 1729, 1684 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Blackamore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackamore Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Blackamore 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 Blackamore include: Blakemore, Blackmore, Blackamore, Blackmere and others.
Early Notables of the Blackamore family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Blakemore, High Sheriff
of Hereford; Sir Richard Blackmore (1654-1729), English poet and physician from Corsham, Wiltshire; Sir John Blackmore, English peer who was in the confidence of... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blackamore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blackamore family to the New World and Oceana
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 Blackamore or a variant listed above:
Blackamore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Arthur Blackamore, who arrived in Virginia in 1707 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Blackamore (post 1700)
- Tim Blackamore, Australian political candidate in the 2006 South Australian state election
The Blackamore Motto
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.