The name Dommer 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. Dommer is a nickname
surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Dommer 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 Dommer family
The surname Dommer 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 Dommer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dommer research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1743, 1844, 1816 and 1410 are included under the topic Early Dommer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dommer Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Dommer include Dommer, Domer, Dommar, Dommers, Dummar, Dumme, Dummer, Doemer, Domme and many more.
Early Notables of the Dommer family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Dommer 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 Dommer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dommer family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Dommer were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Dommer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Dommer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
- Carl Dommer, who landed in America in 1780 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Dommer (post 1700)
- Don Dommer, American architect in California