Clymer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Clymer is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the given name Clement which means the son of Clement. The name is from Latin origin and applies to a mild or merciful individual. It gained popularity in Medieval Europe when it was borne by an early saint who was a disciple of St. Paul, and later when the name was used by several early popes.

Early Origins of the Clymer family

The surname Clymer was first found in Brecknock, in the Welsh princedom of Powys, located in the border country between Wales and England. A bearer of Clement is said to have arrived in the Norman Conquest of England with Bernard Newmarche. Together they later fought in Brecon where they conquered the Lordship of Caron; after this battle Clement was given land at Llangorse Lake and at Cathedine.

There is a record of a grant of these lands to Geoffrey Clement made at Westminster by Edward 1 on the 10th February 1290. There has also long been a family of this name in Oxfordshire, where record of the Knights Templar show William and Richard Clement in 1153, and Robertus Clemens in 1155. [1]

The name was "enormously popular in the 13th century. Hence as a surname itself and its variants will be immortalized in our directories." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Eustace filius Clement, Oxfordshire; Hugh Clement, Cambridgeshire; Richard Clemence, Huntingdonshire; Matthew Clemens, Oxfordshire; Peter filius Clement, Salop (Shropshire); and Clemens Janitor, Norfolk. [2]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Clemens Alius Elenoe; Johannes Clement; and Petrus Clementson as all holding lands as that time. [2]

Early History of the Clymer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clymer research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1210, 1233, 1273, 1379, 1489, 1685, 1742, 1258, 1594, 1660, 1660, 1508, 1570, 1508, 1572, 1626, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Clymer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clymer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clymer have been found, including Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

Early Notables of the Clymer family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Clement of Dunblane (d. 1258), a Dominican friar, and close associate of King Alexander II of Scotland, who was made Bishop of Dunblane; and Gregory Clement (1594-1660), an English Member of Parliament (MP) and one of the regicides of King Charles I, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Charing Cross on 17 October 1660. Margaret Clements or Clement (1508-1570), was a learned lady, whose maiden name was...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clymer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Clymer family to Ireland

Some of the Clymer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Clymer migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Clymer, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Clymer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Clymer, aged 30, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • John Clymer, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [3]
Clymer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Clymer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [3]
Clymer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William B. S. Clymer, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Wm. B.S. Clymer, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Mary S. Clymer, aged 75, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • George Clymer, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Katherine Clymer, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Clymer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ferdinand D Clymer, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Susan Clymer, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Mrs. Clymer, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. W. B. S. Clymer, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Arthur I Clymer, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Clymer migration to Australia +

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

Clymer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Clymer, (b. 1827), aged 32, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Moreton Bay, New South Wales, Australia on 4th February 1859 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Clymer, (b. 1825), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Moreton Bay, New South Wales, Australia on 4th February 1859 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clymer (post 1700) +

  • George Clymer (1739-1813), American politician, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
  • George E. Clymer (1754-1834), American statesman, mechanic and inventor
  • John B. Clymer (1886-1937), American Hollywood film screenwriter
  • Wayne Kenton Clymer (b. 1917), retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Eleanor Clymer (1906-2001), American writer of children's books
  • Floyd Clymer (1895-1970), American pioneer in the sport of motorcycling
  • William Johnston "Bill" Clymer (1873-1936), nicknamed "Derby Day Bill", was an American professional baseball player
  • John Ford Clymer (1907-1989), American painter and illustrator
  • Susan Clymer (b. 1951), American author of children's books
  • John R. Clymer (b. 1941), American systems engineer, and professor of electrical engineering and systems engineering
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf


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