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An Old English name meaning "dark man" ("dark-haired", "dark-complexioned"). Originally "Blæcmann". Name given to Danish Vikings who settled southern Scotland. Also listed in the genealogy of the kings of Bernicia. Early in use as a firstname. Variations: Blackmann, Blachman, Blackmun, Blackmon, Blakeman.
Ironically, this surname could also have the exact opposite meaning from the above depending on how the old Anglo-Saxon "blaec and blac" were translated. "Blaec" meant "dark/swarthy" and "blac" meant "fair/pale". Both spellings, and their meanings, became confused and interchangeable over the course of time.
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