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Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Blamer is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.

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The surname Blamer was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the Blamer family held a seat from very ancient times.

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Blamer revealed spelling variations, including Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blamer research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blamer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Blamer family came to North America quite early:

Blamer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Elis Blamer, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • J Blamer, aged 27, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Rudolph Blamer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Adam Blamer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1860

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The Blamer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blamer 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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