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Where did the English Harmer family come from? What is the English Harmer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harmer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harmer family history?The name Harmer came to England with the ancestors of the Harmer family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Heremoer. It derives from the Old English elements here, which means army, and moer, which means fame.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Harmer, Harmar, Hermer, Hermar, Hearmer, Hearmar and others.
First found in Norfolk where they were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family are descended from a tenant in chief, Hermerus, but the location of his estates is not shown. Later the family held estates known as the "Fens" and these may have been held since the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmer research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1610, and 1613 are included under the topic Early Harmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Harmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Harmer name or one of its variants:
Harmer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Harmer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Harmer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Harmer Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Harmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmer 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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