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Where did the German Ammerman family come from? What is the German Ammerman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ammerman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ammerman family history?

The surname Ammerman is toponymic, that is, it is derived from the name of the place where the original bearer once lived or held land. This type of name was often assigned to the bearer after he had moved from the place into new region. In this case, the place name would have been derived from the old German word "immer" which implied a stretch of water. Many places take their name from this root word, such as Immer in Lower Saxony, Immersberg in Baden-Würtemberg, and Immerseiben in Bavaria.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Immer, Immers, Immerman, Immermann, Immler and others.

First found in Switzerland and Bavaria, where Ammerman emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of these regions. Among early mentions of the name is Michael Immer, who was a Lutheran parish priest in Bayreuth from 1536 to 1545.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ammerman research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1775, 1719, 1795, 1796 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Ammerman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ammerman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ammerman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Dirck Janse Ammerman, who landed in New Jersey in 1650
  • Dirck Janssen Ammerman, who arrived in New York in 1650

Ammerman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Ammerman, who landed in Canada in 1830

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  • Joseph Scofield Ammerman (1924-1993), Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Nancy Tatom Ammerman (b. 1950), American professor of sociology of religion
  • Celia Elizabeth Ammerman (b. 1983), American fashion model
  • Robert Wesley Ammerman (1841-1907), American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for valor
  • Thomas Joseph Ammerman (1952-1988), American Marketing Manager from Old Tappan, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died


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The Ammerman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ammerman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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