Delamaior is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Delamaior 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. Delamaior 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Delamaior family
The surname Delamaior 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
as a sub tenant
under the name William de La Mare. 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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.
Early History of the Delamaior family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delamaior research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1294, 1685, 1285, 1387, 1372, 1376, 1320, 1383, 1373, 1408 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Delamaior History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delamaior Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was 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 Delamaior family (pre 1700)
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
in 1372, best remembered as the Presiding Officer of the House of Commons during the Good Parliament of 1376; and Sir John... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delamaior Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delamaior family to Ireland
Some of the Delamaior family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delamaior family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Delamaior name or one of its variants:
Delamaior Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas DeLaMaior, who settled in Virginia in 1624