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
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 Ailmer family
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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)
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Migration of the Ailmer family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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