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

Early Origins of the Bloomer family

The surname Bloomer 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 Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Bloomer family

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Bloomer Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Bloomer were encountered in the archives: Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloomer family (pre 1700)

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Bloomer Ranking

In the United States, the name Bloomer is the 6,410th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Bloomer migration to the United States +

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 Bloomer family came to North America quite early:

Bloomer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mercy Bloomer, who arrived in New York in 1703 [2]
  • Anne Bloomer, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [2]
  • Joshua Bloomer, who landed in New York in 1769 [2]
  • Francis Bloomer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [2]
Bloomer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edw Bloomer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Edward Bloomer, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]

Canada Bloomer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bloomer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J Bloomer, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Bloomer migration to Australia +

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

Bloomer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Bloomer, aged 35, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]
  • Peter Bloomer, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]
  • Edward Bloomer, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloomer (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Bloomer (1897-1982), American actor
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, American social reformer, who founded and edited the feminist newspaper "Lily"
  • Lois Bloomer, American Republican politician, Chair of Penobscot County Republican Party, 2003 [4]
  • John E. Bloomer, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1954 [4]
  • John Bloomer (1931-1995), American politician, Member of Vermont State Senate, 1985-95 [4]
  • Howard J. Bloomer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bloomfield, 1908, 1910 [4]
  • Asa S. Bloomer (1891-1963), American Republican politician, Speaker of the Vermont State House of Representatives, 1943; Member of Vermont State Senate from Rutland County, 1947 [4]
  • Anderson Bloomer, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1887-88 [4]
  • Jonathan Bloomer (b. 1954), British executive, CEO of Prudential Public Limited Company
  • Steve Bloomer (1874-1938), English footballer and manager
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook