The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland
to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames
. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic
surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius
, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Almer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name
Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Almer is Aighlmear.
Early Origins of the Almer family
The surname Almer 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 Almer family
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Almer Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Almer, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.
Early Notables of the Almer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Almer family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Almer: 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.