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Blæcmær


Author: CPL
Editorial Status: unknown

Discussion of the name

Blæcmær was an OE masculine name, from the elements blæc ‘black, dark’ and mær probably ‘fame’ (von Feilitzen 1937: 203). It is not recorded outside DB, though the second element was common in OE personal names and the first occurs in several besides Blæcmær, all of which may well have been coined in the late Anglo-Saxon period.

Phillimore gives the name as Blaecmaer; a typographical error in both print and electronic versions of the Alecto edition makes it Blær.

Bibliography

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Blachemer

Forms in modern scholarship:

von Feilitzen head forms: Blæcmær

Phillimore edition: Blaecmaer

Alecto edition: Blær

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

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