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When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland, they encountered an established an Irish system for creating hereditary surnames. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Therefore, since the Strongbownian's names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. The surname Elmore is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ædelmær, which literally means noble famous. The Gaelic form of the surname Elmore is Aighlmear.


The surname Elmore 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.

During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Elmore include Ailmer, Aylmer, Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Ellmer and others.


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


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Elmore:

Elmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Elmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Charles Elmore, who landed in Maryland in 1671

Elmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Elmore, who landed in Virginia in 1713

Elmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S O Elmore, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas Elmore, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Michael Elmore, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Elmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Elmore settled in Northern Bay, Newfoundland in 1846
  • Edward Elmore was a fisherman in Grates Cove, Newfoundland in 1871

Elmore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M. E. Elmore arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864


  • Brigadier-General John Archer Elmore (1902-1971), American Assistant Commanding General 47th Division (1954)
  • Greg Elmore (b. 1946), American rock drummer formerly with The Brogues and Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Franklin Harper Elmore (1799-1850), American politician, member of the US Congress, and later a Senator from South Carolina
  • Mable Elmore, Canadian politician, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington (2009-)
  • Larry Elmore (b. 1948), American fantasy artist and an illustrator of Dungeons and Dragons
  • Alfred Elmore (1815-1881), English (Irish born) painter


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