Dummer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Dummer surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Dummer, which lies four miles from Basingstoke in Hampshire. The surname Dummer belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Dummer family
The surname Dummer was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dummer family
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Dummer Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dummer include Dummer, Dumer and others.
Early Notables of the Dummer family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Edmund Dummer (1651-1713), an English naval engineer and shipbuilder, Surveyor of the Navy, founded the Royal Navy dockyard at Devonport, Plymouth; Edmund Dummer (1663-1724), English lawyer, "Clerk of the Great Wardrobe" (1706 to 1721); William Dummer (1677-1761) American politician, born in Boston in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Lieutenant Governor (1716-1730), Acting Governor (1723-1728)...
In the United States, the name Dummer is the 18,250th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Dummer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dummer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Dummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Dummer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century