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Fermor is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name 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.

Fermor Early Origins



The surname Fermor was 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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Fermor Spelling Variations


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Fermor Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Fermor are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fermor include Farmer, Farmere, Farmers, Fermare and others.

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Fermor Early History


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Fermor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fermor 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 Fermor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fermor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fermor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Fermor of Easton Neston, Northampton, who was ennobled in 1553, in the presence of Queen Mary. His son, Sir George Farmer, was made a Knight in 1586 in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Richard Fermor (1480-1551), was an English wool...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fermor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fermor In Ireland


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Fermor In Ireland



Some of the Fermor 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fermor, or a variant listed above:

Fermor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Fermor, who landed in Maryland in 1635

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fermor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fermor (post 1700)



  • Patrick Michael Leigh "Paddy" Fermor (1915-2011), English travel writer, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War, son of Sir Lewis Fermor
  • Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor OBE, FRS (1880-1954), English geologist, the first president of the Indian National Science Academy

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Fermor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fermor 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 4 January 2016 at 08:00.

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