Delemere is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Delemere 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. Delemere 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 Delemere family
The surname Delemere 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 Delemere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delemere 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 Delemere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delemere Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Delemere are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Delemere include 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 Delemere 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 Delemere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delemere family to Ireland
Some of the Delemere 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 Delemere family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Delemere, or a variant listed above: Joseph Delamore who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821; G. Delamare settled in New Orleans La. in 1822; John Delamaire settled in Maryland in 1674.