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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.

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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.

First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blackmon research. Another 497 words (36 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.

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

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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

Blackmon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • William Blackmon, aged 38, who emigrated to America, in 1917
  • Olen Blackmon, aged 20, who emigrated 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

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  • 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

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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Blackmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blackmon 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.

This page was last modified on 8 March 2016 at 11:15.

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