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[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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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.


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

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Shropshire 6,20 Walford Blachemer Blæcmær 'of Walford' - Ralph de Mortimer Ingelran 'of Neen Savage' 0.83 0.18 0.25 A Map
Total               0.83 0.18 0.25  

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