Despite the fact that the Irish already had developed a system of hereditary surnames
, the Anglo-Norman invaders imported their own naming principles. The Strongbow
invasion marked the first introduction of non-Gaelic elements into Ireland
. One of the most common types of surnames at this time was the patronymic
surname, which was formed from the name of the initial bearer's father. Often, and especially in the case of French names, this was done 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. Another way of forming patronymic names used by the Strongbownians was the use of the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius
,: both mean son. Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders
, it is now unknown in France and is found only in Ireland. The surname Allmer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name
Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Allmer is Aighlmear.
Early Origins of the Allmer family
The surname Allmer 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 Allmer family
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Allmer Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations
of the name Allmer that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.
Early Notables of the Allmer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allmer family to the New World and Oceana
A great number of Irish families
left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia
and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Allmer: 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.