The Anglo-Norman invaders imported their own naming principles which supplemented the pre-existing system of hereditary surnames
that the Irish had already developed. One of the most common types of surnames for both cultures at this time was the patronymic
surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Like the Irish, the Strongbownians used prefixes to build patronymic names, and although the Gaelic prefixes of "Mac" and "O" were occasionally adopted, the Anglo- Normans
also used the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius
, which both mean son. This prefix probably originated in Flanders
, but it is now found only in Ireland
. Another way of forming patronymic names was through the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el. Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in. The surname Aillemer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name
Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Aillemer is Aighlmear.
Early Origins of the Aillemer family
The surname Aillemer was first found in Essex
, where they were tenants in chief and Lords of the manor of Aylmer. They were granted these lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Aillemer family
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Aillemer Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations
. The many versions of the name Aillemer to have been recorded over the years include: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.
Early Notables of the Aillemer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aillemer family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Aillemer: 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.