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The Strongbownian invaders added their Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the followers of Strongbow brought with them created such a surname through diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el. Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in. The Normans also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, which both mean son. Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it can now only be found in Ireland. The surname Elmer is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Elmer is Aighlmear.

Elmer Early Origins



The surname Elmer was first found in Essex, where they were tenants in chief and Lords of the manor of Aylmer. They were granted these lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Elmer Spelling Variations


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Elmer Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Elmer that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Elmer has existed in the various shapes: Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.

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Elmer Early History


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Elmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elmer research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1650, 1720 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Elmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Elmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Elmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Elmer:

Elmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Elmer, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632

Elmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Elmer and his wife Hannah landed in America in 1836
  • Charles Elmer, aged 22, arrived in America in 1836
  • Jacob Elmer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844
  • M E Elmer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Elmer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Elmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Elmer, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Elmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Elmer (post 1700)



  • William T. Elmer (1835-1907), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 18th District, 1873; Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, 1876; Superior Court Judge in Connecticut, 1895-1904
  • William Price Elmer (1871-1956), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908 (alternate), 1912; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives
  • William B. Elmer, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1954
  • Weston G. Elmer, American politician, Supervisor of Saginaw Township, Michigan, 1859-60
  • Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Elmer (1793-1883), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1824-28; Member of New Jersey State Legislature; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1843-45
  • Theodore Elmer, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor, 1834-35
  • Kevin Elmer, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 139th District; elected 2012
  • Joseph H. Elmer, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1862-81
  • J. C. Elmer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912
  • Francis B. Elmer, American politician, U.S. Consul in La Paz, 1862-69
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  11. ...

The Elmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elmer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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