This is interesting. I was reading an article on another site written by someone named Haden Blackman. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52977 BLACKMAN EXPLORES MARVEL'S MERCENARY UNDERWORLD IN "ELEKTRA I kinda knew that the author of the article was probably White so I did an internet search to find out the origin of the surname Blackman and I found out that it was a name giving to Vikings and while it's not 100 percent a certainty it does describe skin color or atleast that's what I took from reading the article. http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Blackman This famous surname recorded as Blackman, Blakeman, Blacman, Blachman, and possibly others, is Anglo-Saxon of pre 9th century origins. It is ethnic, and described either a Scandanavian Viking, somebody who was fair, or conversely one of the Olde English (the Welsh or Cornish) who were dark haired and of swarthy complexion. The confusion comes about because the very early (pre 5th century) English word for white or fair was "blaec" whilst the later Anglo-Saxon English for black was "blaca". It can therefore be seen that even without the major problems of dialect and poor spelling in early records, the is an obvious capacity for mistakes. Its original meaning would have depended on who it was applied to, but that it was complimentary is shown by the popularity of the name from the begining of recordings. One of these, perhaps the earliest of all, is that of Blacheman fillius Aedwardi in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Norfolk in 1166. This is not a surname, but a personal name or perhaps a nickname and the recording simply shows that somebody known as Blacheman was the son of Edward. Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Blackman#ixzz32TH3tM19 Which means that some vikings in the past were indedd Black.