Ailmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ailmer is an Irish name of Anglo-Norman origins. It is a patronymic surname originally derived from the personal name of an ancestor. As with the native Irish, the Anglo- Normans used prefixes to build these patronymic surnames; prefixes used included Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son.. The surname Ailmer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ædelmær, which literally means "noble, famous." The Gaelic form of the surname Ailmer is Aighlmear.

Early Origins of the Ailmer family

The surname Ailmer was first found in Essex, where they were tenants in chief and Lords of the manor of Aylmer.

"This family trace their name and descent from Ailmer or Athelmare, Earl of Cornwall, in the time of King Ethelred. Allmor, in Welsh, signifies a valley or dale." [1]

"This Anglo-Saxon name came to Ireland after the Norman invasion and, settling in Leinster, families so called became hibernicized." [2]

Early History of the Ailmer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ailmer research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1650, 1720 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ailmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ailmer Spelling Variations

During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.

Early Notables of the Ailmer family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Matthew Aylmer (c.1650-1720), Lord Aylmer, Admiral and Commander-in-Chief, the second son of Sir Christopher Aylmer of Balrath, County Meath. "He entered the navy under the protection of the Duke of Buckingham, as...
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Migration of the Ailmer family

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Ailmer: Edward Ellmer who settled in New England in 1632; Thomas Ellmore settled in Virginia in 1654; Charles Elmer and his wife Hannah landed in America in 1836.



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)


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