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When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland, they encountered an established an Irish system for creating hereditary surnames. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. The surname Aylmer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Aylmer is Aighlmear.

Aylmer Early Origins



The surname Aylmer 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.

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Aylmer Spelling Variations


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Aylmer Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Aylmer revealed many spelling variations including Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.

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Aylmer Early History


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Aylmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aylmer research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1650, 1720 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Aylmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aylmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aylmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aylmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Aylmer: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aylmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aylmer (post 1700)



  • Jennifer Aylmer (b. 1972), American operatic soprano
  • Albert Leroy Aylmer (1885-1970), American politician, Mayor of Compton, California, 1936-40
  • Anthony Julian Aylmer (b. 1951), 14th Baron Aylmer, Irish nobleman
  • Matthew Whitworth Aylmer (1775-1850), 5th Baron Aylmer, a British military officer and colonial administrator, Governor General of British North America and Lieutenant Governor of Lower Canada
  • Captain Fenton John Aylmer (1835-1862), English military officer, father of Sir Fenton Alylmer
  • Sir Felix Edward Aylmer OBE (1889-1979), English stage and film actor who appeared in over 167 titles, but best known for his comedic roles
  • Sir Fenton John Aylmer (1862-1935), 13th Baronet, English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Aylmer (1521-1594), English prelate

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Aylmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aylmer 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.

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