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Origin of the Blanton Surname

Encyclopedia Virginia Biography, Volume IV. Lyon G. Tyler, 1915

"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

"It is 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 occasion required."

Dictionary of American Family Names

Blanton - (English) Dweller at a homestead at the end or on a point; or at the horse farm