Amer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Amer can either be derived from the Old French word for love "amor" or from the phrase "at the moor," shortened to A'Moor, implying one who lived near a moor.

Early Origins of the Amer family

The surname Amer was first found in Oxfordshire, where Adam ate More and Oliva Ate More were recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Early History of the Amer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amer research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1467, 1479, and 1528 are included under the topic Early Amer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Amer Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Amor, Amore, Amour, Amoor, Amoore and others.

Early Notables of the Amer family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Amer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Amer migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Amer or a variant listed above:

Amer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Amer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [2]
  • Johann Ulrich Amer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [2]
  • Verena Amer, aged 9, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [2]
Amer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Amer, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Jose Amer, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Martin Amer, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1844 [2]
  • Joe Amer, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [2]
  • Elisabeth Amer, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Amer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Amer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Australia Amer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Amer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Amer, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Amer (post 1700) +

  • Charles Amer (1912-2012), British football chairman
  • Amer La Rue, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1906 [5]
  • Amer W. Loughry, American Democrat politician, Chair of Tucker County Democratic Party, 1969-70 [6]
  • Amer Lehman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1960 [7]

HMS Royal Oak
  • Aubrey S. Amer, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]


The Amer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tu ne cede malis
Motto Translation: Yield not to misfortunes.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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