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The name Dimmers came to England with the ancestors of the Dimmers family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dimmers 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 Dimmers derives from the abbreviated form Dinan.

Dimmers Early Origins



The surname Dimmers was 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.

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Dimmers Spelling Variations


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Dimmers Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dinan, Dinner, Diner, Dinar and others.

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Dimmers Early History


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Dimmers Early History



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

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Dimmers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dimmers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dimmers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dimmers In Ireland


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Dimmers In Ireland



Some of the Dimmers 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dimmers or a variant listed above:

Dimmers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pet. Dimmers, who arrived in America in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dimmers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dimmers (post 1700)



  • Albert W. Dimmers Jr. (b. 1904), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale District, 1945-48; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Dimmers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dimmers 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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