The name Dommar comes from the German province known as the Rhineland
. In pre-medieval times, the German people used only one name, but as the population increased, hereditary surnames
became necessary for people to maintain unique identities. Dommar is a nickname
surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Dommar is a name for a person who was innocent or naive having derived from the German word "dommer" which means the same.
Early Origins of the Dommar family
The surname Dommar was first found in the Rhine region, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Dommar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dommar research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1743, 1844, 1816 and 1410 are included under the topic Early Dommar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dommar Spelling Variations
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 Dommar include Dommer, Domer, Dommar, Dommers, Dummar, Dumme, Dummer, Doemer, Domme and many more.
Early Notables of the Dommar family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Dommar during this period were Margareta "Greta" Lambrektsdotter Dume(Greta Dume) (d. 1410), a Swedish heiress, played a political role in the struggle between Albert, King of Sweden and... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dommar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dommar family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Dommar, or one of its variants above: Jacob Dommer arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Capt. Dummer arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1851; Alice Dummer, age 38; settled with several other Dummer family members in Massachusetts in 1638..