Elmes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Elmes family
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.
Important Dates for the Elmes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elmes research. Another 178 words (13 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Elmes family (pre 1700)
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Elmes migration to the United States
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 settled in St. Christopher in 1635
- Richard Elmes, aged 21, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 
- Rodolphus Elmes, who arrived in New England in 1645 
- Tho Elmes, who landed in Virginia in 1663 
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Elmes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Elmes, who arrived in New York in 1900 
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
- John Elmes Beale (1847-1928), English politician and merchant, Mayor of Bournemouth in 1902, 1903 and 1904
Historic Events for the Elmes family
HMS Royal Oak
- Alfred Elmes, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 
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- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html