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Elmes is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Elmes family once lived as dwellers by the elms. The name means at the elms from the residence beside a clump of elm-trees.

Elmes Early Origins



The surname Elmes was first found in Lancashire 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.

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Elmes Spelling Variations


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Elmes Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Elmes family name include Elms, Elmes and others.

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Elmes Early History


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Elmes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elmes research. Another 352 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1317, 1339, 1356, 1646, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Elmes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Elmes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Elmes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elmes 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Elmes surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Elmes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rodolphous Elmes, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Richards Elmes, who came to St. Christopher in 1635
  • Richard Elmes, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Rodolphus Elmes, who arrived in New England in 1645
  • Tho Elmes, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Elmes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Elmes, who arrived in New York in 1900

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Contemporary Notables of the name Elmes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Elmes (post 1700)



  • Thomas Elmes, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 5th District, 1871-72
  • Harvey Lonsdale Elmes (1813-1847), English architect

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Elmes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elmes 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 October 2015 at 11:32.

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