Paramour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Paramour surname comes from the Middle English word "paramour," meaning "a lover," from the Old French "par amour," or "with love." As such, it was likely originally a nickname, which later became a surname. [1] "This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the paramour,' a lover in an honest sense." [1]

Early Origins of the Paramour family

The surname Paramour was first found in Lincolnshire where John Paramour was the first record of the family as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400), generally known as the Father of English literature made and interesting reference to the name in Canterbury Tales: " 'My fourthe husbonde was a revellour, This is to sayn, he had a paramour.' " [2]

"The Paramores, an old gentle family of Bagworth, Leicestershire, in the 16th and 17th centuries, are now rarely represented in the county Richard Paramor of this family contributed £25 for the defence of his country at the time of the expected Spanish invasion in 1588. Paramor was the name of very old Kentish families of Ash, St. Nicholas - in - Thanet, Fordwich, Eastry, etc., now mostly extinct. In the 13th century the name of Param'r occurred in Lincolnshire, and that of De Porremore in Devonshire." [3]

Important Dates for the Paramour family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paramour research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1581, 1623 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Paramour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paramour Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Paramour were recorded, including Paramore, Paramor, Paramour, Paramoure, Parrymore, Parrymour, Parymore and many more.

Early Notables of the Paramour family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Paramour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paramour migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Paramour family emigrate to North America:

Paramour Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Paramour, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Thomas Paramour, who settled in Maryland in 1673
Paramour Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phoebe Paramour, who settled in Maryland in 1751

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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