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Where did the Irish Bloomer family come from? What is the Irish Bloomer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bloomer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bloomer family history?

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Bloomer is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Bloomer were encountered in the archives: Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.

First found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloomer research. Another 415 words(30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bloomer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bloomer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Bloomer family came to North America quite early:

Bloomer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mercy Bloomer, who arrived in New York in 1703
  • Anne Bloomer, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Joshua Bloomer, who landed in New York in 1769
  • Francis Bloomer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Bloomer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edw Bloomer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Edward Bloomer, who landed in New York, NY in 1812

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  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, American social reformer, who founded and edited the feminist newspaper "Lily"
  • Raymond Bloomer (1897-1982), American actor
  • Jonathan Bloomer (b. 1954), British executive, CEO of Prudential Public Limited Company
  • Matthew "Matty" Brian Bloomer (b. 1978), English footballer
  • Steve Bloomer (1874-1938), English footballer and manager


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The Bloomer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bloomer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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