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Where did the English Dimer family come from? What is the English Dimer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dimer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dimer family history?

The name Dimer reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dimer family lived in Northumberland. The family are descended in England from the Norman House of Baron Foulke de Dinan, whose surname translates as from Dinan. The name Dimer derives from the abbreviated form Dinan.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dimer family name include Dinan, Dinner, Diner, Dinar and others.

First found in Northumberland where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror, and were Companions in Arms to the Lords of Mitford and Bothal. Sir Alain Dinan was the scion of this family. In Brittany he was descended from Baron Foulke de Dinan, and the family still retained the Barony in Brittany from 1295 to 1509. The name in England became Dinner, Diner, and Dinar.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dimer research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dimer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dimer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dimer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dimer family to immigrate North America:

Dimer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicho Dimer, who settled in Virginia in 1678

Dimer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Dimer, who settled in America in 1709

Dimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cortharine Dimer, who came to New York in 1832
  • Morgrate Dimer, who arrived in New York in 1832

Dimer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Georg Dimer, aged 32, who landed in America from Niedermodern, in 1901
  • Minnie Dimer, aged 28, who settled in America from Manchester, in 1904
  • Wladislaw Dimer, aged 11, who landed in America from Jadwniki, in 1905
  • Antonia Dimer, aged 9, who landed in America from Jadwniki, in 1905
  • Berel Dimer, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Zawichwosh, in 1907

Dimer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Dimer, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"


  • Stan Dimer, German actor
  • Julius Dimer (1871-1945), German chess master


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The Dimer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dimer 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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