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The name Filer has two possible origins. It may come from the Middle English word "file," meaning "file," in which case it is likely an occupational name for someone who made or used files (the abrading tool). The other possibility is that this name could also come from the Olde French word "fil" or "thread," in which case the name could still be occupational in origin, but for a spinner or tailor.

Filer Early Origins



The surname Filer was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat, and records first show John le Filur, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of that region in 1275. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time.

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Filer Spelling Variations


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Filer Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Filer, Filur, Fyler, Philer and others.

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Filer Early History


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Filer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filer research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1309 is included under the topic Early Filer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Filer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Filer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Filer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Filer or a variant listed above:

Filer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Filer arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Walter Filer, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • George Filer came to Northampton, Massachusetts in 1662
  • George Filer, who arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1662
  • John Filer, who landed in New England in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Filer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Filer, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

Filer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Filer, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Frances Filer, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Frederick Filer, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Edwin Filer, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Florence P. Filer, aged 8 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Filer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Filer (post 1700)



  • Rodney Filer, College football player for Iowa University
  • Dr. Wanda Filer MD, Physician General of Pennsylvania

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  11. ...

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