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 Awlemer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name
Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Awlemer is Aighlmear.
Early Origins of the Awlemer family
The surname Awlemer 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 Awlemer family
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Awlemer Spelling Variations
A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Awlemer has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations
over the years. A few of its variants include: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.
Early Notables of the Awlemer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Awlemer family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Awlemer: 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.