Colmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Colmer family

The surname Colmer was first found in Shropshire at Colemore, a parish, in the union of Petersfield, hundred of Barton-Stacey. "This parish, noticed in the Domesday Survey and other records under the name of Colmere, is supposed to have derived that appellation from the situation of the greater portion of it, formerly, near the western mere or boundary of the ancient forest of Wolmer, where great quantities of charcoal were made." [1]

It is here that we found the first record of the family. Hugo de Lacy de Colemere was listed in the Cartulary of Haughmond Abbey in Shropshire in 1155. A few years later, Peter de Colemere was canon of the Chichester church (1198-1199) and the Antiquities of Shropshire listed Peter de Colemere, as living in Montgomery Castle in 1227. The Calendar of Patent Rolls in 1235 listed John de Colemere, as Chamberlain of London.

Early History of the Colmer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colmer research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1080, 1163, 1141, 1445, 1559, 1100, 1167, 1563, 1153, 1168, 1397, 1540, 1455, 1487 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Colmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colmer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Callamore, Colamore, Colimer, Colimore, Collimore, Collamour, Colamour, Collimer, Collimer, Collemore, Colemore, Collimour, Colmore, Collemore, Colmere, Colmare, Colemare, Collemoor, Colemoor, Colamoor, Colemere, Collymor, Collymore, Collymoor, Colymore, Colymoor, Colmor, Collmor, Colmer, Colmore and many more.

Early Notables of the Colmer family (pre 1700)

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United States Colmer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Colmer, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [2]
Colmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Colmer, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]

Australia Colmer migration to Australia +

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

Colmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Colmer, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Reuben Colmer, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [4]
  • Crispen Colmer, aged 21, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Mr. William Colmer, (b. 1839), aged 18, Cornish agricultural labourer travelling aboard the ship "Tartar" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th July 1857 [5]

New Zealand Colmer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Colmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jane Colmer, (b. 1844), aged 34, Cornish settler departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [6]
  • Mr. Jonathan A. Colmer, (b. 1869), aged 9, Cornish settler departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [6]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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