The ancestors of the name Blackmere date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Blackmere family
The surname Blackmere was first found in Essex
where they had been Lords of the manor of Blachemer from very ancient times.
Early History of the Blackmere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackmere research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1654, 1729, 1684 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Blackmere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blackmere Spelling Variations
Blackmere has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Blackmere have been found, including Blakemore, Blackmore, Blackamore, Blackmere and others.
Early Notables of the Blackmere 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 Blackmere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blackmere family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Blackmeres to arrive on North American shores: Henry Blackmoor, who was a boat owner in Bona Vista, Newfoundland, in 1781; Jean Blackmore settled at Greenspond Pond, Newfoundland, in 1817; Isaac, Francis, Henry, Thomas and William Blakemore arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1830 and 1870.
The Blackmere 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.