Encyclopedia Virginia Biography, Volume IV. Lyon G.
"The surname Blanton is traced back to the
fifteenth century and is a corruption of the ancient Scotch
border family name Ballantine, the evolution being through
Ballantine, Blantine, Blanten to Blanton. In an old manuscript
dated 1459, reference is found to the family, and in an older
manuscript, John Blanton, evidently of the same family, is named.
At the time Queen Elizabeth reigned, the family was seated in
Lancashire. The escutcheon of the Blanton family is: A plain
shield with a background of silver; diagonally from dexter chief
point to sinister base point runs a broad band of sky blue,
bearing on it the figures of three lions rampant. The whole is
surrounded with a narrow black margin."
History of Caroline County Virginia.
Marshall Wingfield, 1924
supposed upon good authority that the Blantons are French Hugenots
who fled to England before the year 1600."
"A legal search of the records
in England resulted in the following statement: In consideration of this matter a
thorough and exhaustive search has been made of all the available
printed and manuscript records of the County of Lancashire
together with a portion of the Counties of Cheshire, but without
any discovery of the existence of the family, other than the
record of the arms about the middle of the Sixteenth Century.
Robert Grover, Somerset Herald, from 1571 to 1588 includes in his
ordinary of arms, two coats for Blanton of Lancashire, and the
simplicity of the first coat points to great antiquity and it may
be assumed that the second coat is of later date and adopted by a
descendant of the family bearing the first coat."
" Description of
Arms: Blanton of Lancashire, silver or white on a bend (black)
sable; three gold lions rampant out of the field."
"The bearing of such coat of such a period
clearly denotes that the family then occupied a position of some
consequence, as the heralds of the day exercised great vigilance
in preventing unauthorized bearing of arms and possessed
considerable powers which they did not hesitate to employ as
Dictionary of American Family Names
Blanton - (English) Dweller at a homestead at the end
or on a point; or at the horse farm