Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Blagemere is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Blagemere family
The surname Blagemere was first found in Essex
where they had been Lords of the manor of Blachemer from very ancient times.
Early History of the Blagemere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blagemere research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1654, 1729, 1684 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Blagemere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Blagemere Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Blagemere has been spelled many different ways, including Blakemore, Blackmore, Blackamore, Blackmere and others.
Early Notables of the Blagemere 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 Blagemere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Blagemere family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Blagemeres to arrive in North America: 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 Blagemere 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.