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

Fermare is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Fermare comes from a tax farmer. A tax farmer was one who undertook the collection of taxes, tariffs, and such for a fixed sum. The name only refers secondarily to its more literal and obvious connotations of one who worked as a farmer in the modern sense of the word, managing an area of land and growing produce and livestock.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Farmer, Farmere, Farmers, Fermare and others.

First found in Essex where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fermare research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1250, 1458, 1619, 1553, 1586, 1480, 1551, 1623, 1661, 1648, 1711 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Fermare History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 213 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fermare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fermare family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fermare or a variant listed above: Charles Farmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Alice Farmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1662; Row Farmar, who came to Virginia in 1677; Berrebe Farmer, who was on record in Virginia in 1692.

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The Fermare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fermare 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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