Show ContentsDummer 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)...
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Dummer Ranking

In the United States, the name Dummer is the 18,250th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Dummer migration to the United States +

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
  • Richard Dummer (c. 1589-1679), born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, Puritan settler who arrived in 1631 aboard "The Plough", "one of the Fathers of Massachusetts"
  • Richard Dummer, who arrived in New England in 1632 [2]
  • Thomas Dummer, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • Stephen Dummer, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1636 [2]
  • Tho Dummer, aged 2, who landed in New England in 1638 [2]
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Dummer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Dummer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Joseph Dummer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
Dummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Dummer, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Richard and Alice Dummer who settled in New England with Dorothy, Richard, Stephen, Thomas, and Thomas
  • Captain Dummer, who arrived in San Francisco in 1851
  • Capt. Dummer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Jacob Dummer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

New Zealand Dummer migration to New Zealand +

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
  • Alfred Dummer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dummer (post 1700) +

  • George Dummer (1782-1853), American founder of the Jersey Glass Company in Paulus Hook, New Jersey
  • Phineas Cook Dummer (1797-1875), American politician, the sixth mayor of Jersey City in New Jersey
  • Jeremiah Dummer (1643-1718), early American silversmith and engraver
  • Jeremiah Dummer (1681-1739), American lawyer and colonial agent
  • William Dummer (1847-1922), English cricketer
  • Thomas Lee Dummer (1712-1765), English politician, English Member of Parliament for Southampton (1737 to 1741)
  • Thomas Dummer (1739-1781), English politician, English Member of Parliament for Newport, Isle of Wight (1765 to 1768)
  • Geoffrey William Arnold Dummer MBE, C.Eng., (1909-2002), British electronics engineer and consultant who was the first person to develop and prototype the integrated circuit, recipient of the IEE Premium Award, and the Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm
  • Richard Arnold Dümmer (1887-1922), South African botanist born in Cape Town

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  2. 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)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from on Facebook