Blackmore Lee - middle name or hyphenated ?

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My G..G.Grandmother Alice Blackmore Lee B.1849 D.1896 London, Middlesex. and all her siblings with same middle name. Is anybody studying the name and would that mean "Person of colour" ? Replies appreciated.
in The Tree House by Paul Castelow G2G Crew (370 points)
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The English were already using inherited family names in the 1300s. By the 19th century, the use of a non-inherited byname meant literally would be so unusual, it would be written up in every onomastic and genealogical journal.

Alice was named Blackmore because her father was named Blackmore. He was named Blackmore because his father was named Blackmore. And so on and so forth for dozens of generations, until you get to some progenitor in the Middle Ages who was called Blackmore because of his swarthy complexion.
No indication was given in the results of my DNA test regards colour. Good comments thank you, Paul, New Zealand.

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I think that you will find that the name is originally geographic, describing someone who lived near a moor.  This is an old English name dating back to the Middle Ages and is also the name of an English town.   When several children have the same middle name it is often the mother's maiden name or the name of one of her relatives.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (898k points)
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Is this her?  https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/94KQ-1LT

If so, it looks like it was a family name at least one generation further back with her father Thomas Blackmore Lee.  

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MMDL-W9S

by Roger Stong G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

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