Show ContentsDallimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Dallimore family lived in Gloucestershire. Their name, however, is of Norman derivation, and refers to the proximity of their former place of residence to the sea. Dallimore is a latter variation of the earlier local surname de la Mare, which literally translates as of the sea, or from the sea. Another source claims the name originated from the "ancient Forest of Delamere, foresta de la Mare," and literally meant "forest of the lake." [1]

Early Origins of the Dallimore family

The surname Dallimore was first found in Gloucestershire where Guillaume (William) de La Mare was a tenant in Chief of lands in both this county and in Herefordshire. He also held lands in 1086 A.D. in Wiltshire and Hertfordshire as a sub tenant under the name William de La Mare. [2] He held many lordships. He came from Lamare at St. Opportune in the arrondisement of Pont Audemer in Normandy where his castle was built on piles on the border of the lake. [3]

He was sometimes called William FitzNorman and was the scion of that family name. Marsh Baldon in Oxfordshire was an ancient family seat. "This parish, originally called Meres or Mars and ultimately Marsh Baldon, derives its distinguishing name from one De la Mare, a descendant of whom was patron of the living in 1381. " [4]

William de La Mare (fl. 1272-1279) was an English Franciscan theologian who is known to have preached in Lincoln.

Sir John Delamare (c. 1320-1383), was an English knight at the court of King Edward III. He was granted permission to turn his manor house at Nunney into Nunney Castle in 1373. He served as High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1374 and later High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset in 1377. His niece Eleanor Delamere, who inherited his estates died in 1413 and those estates were passed on to William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester. [5]

Sir Peter De la Mere (fl. 1370), was "Speaker of the House of Commons, was Mesne Lord of the Manor of Yatton in Herefordshire, and was Seneschal of the Earl of March, who held the manor in capite. He was elected knight of the shire for his county in the parliament which met in April 1376, and which, from the popularity acquired by its attempts to reform abuses, went by the name of the Good parliament, and was chosen Speaker of the Commons." [5]

As one would imagine, early rolls show a wide variety of spellings: Coleman de Lamora in Northumberland 1135-1185; Robert de la Mare, at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1190; William de la Mere in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1260; Henry Dalamare, a Freeman of York in 1385; Thomas Dallamour another Freeman of York in 1732; and John Dallamore, a Freeman of York in 1733. [6]

Early History of the Dallimore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dallimore research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1285, 1294, 1320, 1372, 1373, 1376, 1383, 1387, 1408, 1685 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Dallimore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dallimore Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Delamere, Delamare, DeleMere, DelaMare, Delemare, Delamare, Delamere, Delemare, DeLaMar, DeLaMarre, DeLaMaior, FitzNorman, Fitznorman, Delamore, Dalamaire, Delamar, Delamare, Delmore, Lamere, MacHerbert and many more.

Early Notables of the Dallimore family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William De La Mare (died c.1285), English Franciscan theologian; Sir Peter de la Mare (died c. 1387), High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1372, best remembered as the Presiding Officer of the House of Commons during the Good Parliament of 1376; and Sir John Delamare (c...
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Ireland Migration of the Dallimore family to Ireland

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United States Dallimore migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Dallimore or a variant listed above:

Dallimore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Dallimore, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [7]
  • Robert Dallimore Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1666 [7]
  • Sarah Dallimore, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [7]
  • Obediah Dallimore, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [7]
  • Peter Dallimore, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [7]
Dallimore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Olave Dallimore, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [8]
Dallimore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louise Alice Dallimore, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England [8]
  • Victor Dallimore, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Southampton, England [8]
  • Wm F. Dallimore, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Riverside Bridge" from Constantinople, Turkey [8]
  • Edward Dallimore, aged 70, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Homeric" from Southampton, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dallimore (post 1700) +

  • Brian Scott Dallimore (b. 1973), American Major League Baseball infielder for the San Francisco Giants from 2004 to 2005
  • Arthur Henry Dallimore (1873-1970), English-born, New Zealand Pentecostal minister
  • Maurice Dallimore (1912-1973), English actor, known for his roles in 77 Sunset Strip, The Jack Benny Show, McHale's Navy and the ABC-TV series Batman
  • William Dallimore (1871-1959), English botanist and author, best known for his book "Handbook of Coniferae"
  • Helen Dallimore (b. 1971), Australian actress, best known for her role as Glinda in the West End production of Wicked
  • Chloe Dallimore, Australian actor, best known for her role as Ulla in Mel Brooks musical The Producers

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  8. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook