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Where did the English Farmer family come from? What is the English Farmer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farmer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farmer family history?

The name Farmer came to England with the ancestors of the Farmer family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Farmer is for a tax farmer. A tax farmer was one who undertook the collection of taxes, tariffs, and such for a fixed sum. The name only refers secondarily to its more literal and obvious connotations of one who worked as a farmer in the modern sense of the word, managing an area of land and growing produce and livestock.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Farmer, Farmere, Farmers, Fermare and others.

First found in Essex where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farmer research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1250, 1458, 1619, 1553, 1586, 1480, 1551, 1623, 1661, 1648, 1711 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Farmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 213 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Farmer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Farmer name or one of its variants:

Farmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Charles Farmer arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Farmer, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Farmer, who landed in Maryland in 1640
  • Richd Farmer, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Dorothy Farmer, a servant sent to Virginia in 1655


Farmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jeffry Farmer, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Thos Farmer, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Ann Farmer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1724
  • Bryan Farmer, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1725
  • Lewis Farmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771


Farmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry T Farmer, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Francis Ford Farmer, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Richard Haynes Farmer, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Richard Haynes, II Farmer, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Francis Ford Mahon Farmer, who arrived in New York in 1820


Farmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Farmer, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Farmer, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Farmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
  • Mary Ann Farmer, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Farmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Farmer, aged 41, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Mary Farmer, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Farmer, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Jesse Farmer, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • James Farmer, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840


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  • Frank O. Farmer (1924-2014), American author and writer
  • Brigadier-General Archie Arrington Farmer (1892-1963), American Commanding Officer Philadelphia Signal Depot (1941-1942)
  • Frances Elena Farmer (1913-1970), American actress of stage and scree
  • James L. Farmer Jr (1920-1999), Civil rights activist, a leader of the American civil rights movement of the 1940s, '50s and '60s and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Philip Josť Farmer (1918-2009), American author known for his award-winning science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories
  • Fannie Merritt Farmer (1857-1915), American cook and cookbook author
  • J. Doyne Farmer (b. 1952), American physicist and entrepreneur
  • Richard "Kirk" Farmer (b. 1973), American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Mr. Donald Ogilvy Farmer, English Ships Writer from Plymouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Frederick Brian Webb Farmer (1933-2014), English professional footballer who played from 1949 to 1954

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  • In America Since 1607: The Hollingsworth, Farmer, and Judkins Families, Their Ancestors, Descendants, and Many Related Families by Walter Ings Farmer.
  • Pioneer Fort Worth, Texas: The Life, Times and Families of South Tarrant County by Lila Bunch Race.
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The Farmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farmer 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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