The Elmar surname is a habitational derived from the place name Elmore in Gloucestershire
. The place name is in turn derived from the Old English "elm," meaning "elm," and "ofer," meaning "river bank," or "ridge." Another authority claims that the name was originally an Anglo-Saxon personal name
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Elmar family
The surname Elmar was first found in Hampshire
, where the first on record appears to have been Godwinus filius
Elmari listed in 1115.
Early History of the Elmar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elmar research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1221, 1316, 1601, 1602, 1602, 1602, 1733, 1516, 1574, 1543, 1552, 1553, 1557, 1558, 1570, 1571, 1521, 1594 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Elmar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elmar Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elmar has been recorded under many different variations, including Aylmer, Aylmore, Elmar, Elmer, Elmers, Elmore and others.
Early Notables of the Elmar family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Edward Almer or Aylmer (c.
1516-1574), of Denbigh and Gresford, Denbighshire
, a Welsh
politician, Justice of the Peace for Denbighshire
from 1543 to his death and High Sheriff
of Denbighshire... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elmar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elmar family to Ireland
Some of the Elmar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elmar family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elmar or a variant listed above:
Elmar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Elmar, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833