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Brimmer is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a priest or other ecclesiastical official who read at prime, the first canonical hour. The occupational name Primmer is derived from the Latin primus meaning first, prime. there was also another occupation which was known by the name primmer, and that was the Chief Forester of the King's lands. Since each derivation is equally appropriate Brimmer is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Brimmer Early Origins



The surname Brimmer was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Brimmer Spelling Variations


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Brimmer Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Brimmer has been recorded under many different variations, including Primer, Primar, Primmer, Brymmer, Brimmer and many more.

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Brimmer Early History


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Brimmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brimmer research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brimmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brimmer 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Brimmers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Brimmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Martin Brimmer, who landed in New England in 1726
  • Hans Georg Brimmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

Brimmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Brimmer, who arrived in America in 1812
  • William Brimmer, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • William Brimmer settled in Philadelphia in 1856

Brimmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Brimmer arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Mary Brimmer arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brimmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brimmer (post 1700)



  • Philip A. Brimmer (b. 1959), United States federal judge
  • Martin Brimmer (1793-1847), American politician, ninth mayor of Boston, Massachusetts (1843 to 1844)
  • Esther Brimmer, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
  • David Brimmer, American voice actor and fight choreographer
  • Clarence Addison Brimmer Jr. (b. 1922), United States federal judge
  • Andrew Brimmer (b. 1926), American economist, academic, and business leader, the first African American Governor of the Federal Reserve System
  • Martin Brimmer (1793-1847), American politician, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1843-44
  • Clarence Addison Brimmer Jr. (b. 1922), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1956; Wyoming State Attorney General, 1971-74; U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, 1974-75
  • Gabriela "Gaby" Brimmer (1947-2000), Mexican writer and activist for persons with disabilities

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Brimmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brimmer 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 11 December 2015 at 14:17.

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