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 Allemer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name
Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Allemer is Aighlmear.
Early Origins of the Allemer family
The surname Allemer 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 Allemer family
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Allemer Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Allemer. Some of these variations included: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.
Early Notables of the Allemer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allemer family to the New World and Oceana
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families
desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland
resulted in the Great Potato Famine
. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Allemer: 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.