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By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when most of the German states were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surnames found in Germany are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Diemer was a name for a person who was famous among the people. The name Diemer is the German form of the Latin name Theudoricus and it is composed of the Old German word "diot," which in modern German is volk and means people or race, and the Old German word "mar," which means popular, famous, or big. Ditmar is also a local type of surname that comes from Dittmarsdorf in the province of Schlesen. The name Diemer was very popular during medieval times and the family emerged as members of the aristocratic gentry class in the Middle Ages.

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The surname Diemer was first found in Germany, where in ancient times the name Ditmar made important contributions to the advancement of feudal society. In later years the name branched into many different houses, some of whom played a significant role in the local social and political affairs of the late Middle Ages.

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Diemer include Ditmar, Ditmars, Dittmar, Dittmars, Dittmer, Dittmers, Ditmer, Dietmar, Dithmar, Dettmer, Detmer, Diemer, Detmers, Dismar, Dismer, Dittmayer, Diesmar, Diesmer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diemer research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1814 is included under the topic Early Diemer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diemer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first North American settlers with Diemer name or one of its variants:

Diemer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Diemer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Franz Christopher Diemer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1754
  • Joh Christoph Diemer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Johann Georg Diemer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jacob Diemer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766

Diemer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John J Diemer, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1857
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  • John Diemer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912, 1916
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    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Diemer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diemer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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