Blackmon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Blackmon family

The surname Blackmon was first found in Cornwall, in the parish of Egloskerry. "In the north transept of this church lies, as is supposed, Guy de Blanchminster, or De Albomonasteris, rector of Lansallos, younger brother probably, of Sir John Blanchminster, who died without issue, and was the last of that family. He is represented as having long hair, and dressed in a gown, with his purse by his side. The purse in my opinion alludes to the donations of himself and relatives. I am inclined to think that the tithes of Egloskerry once belonged to the Blanchminsters." [1]

Binnamy Castle in the parish of Stratton, Cornwall is said to have been built by Ralph de Blanchminster, about the year 1335. "Dr. Borlase describes this house as being situated about half a mile from Stratton, and a furlong from the ancient causeway made by the Blanchminsters. Of this venerable mansion no remnants remain. In the church of Stratton there is a monument of a knight with his effigies in armour, supposed to be intended for one of the Blanchminsters. It appears that some lands of considerable value were given by one of the Blanchminsters for charitable purposes to this parish. The intended object has, according to modern usage, been understood to be the church and poor." [1]

Early History of the Blackmon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackmon research. Another 270 words (19 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Blackmon 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 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.

Early Notables of the Blackmon family (pre 1700)

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


United States Blackmon migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 19th Century
  • John Blackmon, who landed in Iowa in 1888 [2]
Blackmon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Blackmon, aged 38, who immigrated to America, in 1917
  • Olen Blackmon, aged 20, who immigrated 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

Contemporary Notables of the name Blackmon (post 1700) +

  • Tray Blackmon (b. 1985), American former professional football linebacker who played from 2009 to 2012
  • Robert Blackmon (b. 1967), former American NFL football safety who played from 1990 to 1998
  • Roosevelt Blackmon (b. 1974), American NFL football cornerback who played from 1998 to 1999
  • Larry Ernest Blackmon (b. 1956), American lead singer and frontman for the funk and R&B band, Cameo
  • Justin Carl Blackmon (b. 1990), American NFL football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • James Blackmon Jr. (b. 1995), American college basketball player
  • James Blackmon Sr. (b. 1964), American basketball coach and former college player
  • Evelyn Kinnison Blackmon (1924-2014), American realtor and politician, Louisiana State Representative from District 15 (Ouachita Parish) (1984-1988)
  • Charles Cobb "Charlie" Blackmon (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • William Edwards Blackmon (b. 1984), American NFL football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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