Blackmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The present generation of the Blackmer family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Blackmer family
The surname Blackmer was first found in Essex where they had been Lords of the manor of Blachemer from very ancient times.
Early History of the Blackmer family
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Blackmer Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blackmer include Blakemore, Blackmore, Blackamore, Blackmere and others.
Early Notables of the Blackmer 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...
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Blackmer migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blackmer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Blackmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Franc E. Blackmer, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1907
- Anna Blackmer, who landed in America, in 1908
- Helen Blackmer, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Henry Blackmer, who immigrated to America, in 1910
- Herbert A. Blackmer, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Blackmer (post 1700) +
- Sidney Blackmer Jr., American actor, known for his roles in Lincoln (2012), Game Change and One-Eyed Horse (2008)
- Sidney Alderman Blackmer (1895-1973), American actor, known for his work on Rosemary's Baby (1968), High Society (1956) and Little Caesar (1931); he has a Star on the Walk of Fame
- David E. Blackmer (1927-2002), American audio electronics engineer, inventor of the DBX noise reduction system
- Matthew Blackmer (b. 1991), American bronze medalist pair skater
- Samuel Howard Blackmer (1902-1951), American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1933-35; Superior Court Judge in Vermont, 1938-49; Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1949-51 
- Robert Blackmer (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004 
- J. Thurlow Blackmer, American politician, Village President of Fowlerville, Michigan, 1916 
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The Blackmer 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.