Filimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Filimore comes from the family having resided in Kent, where they took their name from some spot no longer known. However, the etymology of the name can be determined. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English roots fille, which means full or fertile, and mere, a word which meant lake. 
"This family formerly wrote their name Finmere, Fylmere, Filmour, and Filmor, temp. Edw. III., but of late, Filmer, and were seated at Otterinden in Kent, at a place called Finmore." 
Early Origins of the Filimore family
The surname Filimore was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times at the manor of Herst, in the parish of Otterden, since the rteign of Edward II." 
"Filmers belong to a distinguished Kentish family that had its home at East Sutton during the 17th century; some of its members were baronets, and others were sheriffs of the county." 
Early History of the Filimore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filimore research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1688, 1588, 1653, 1622, 1676, 1657, 1707, 1648, 1720, 1689, 1683 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Filimore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filimore Spelling Variations
Filimore has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.
Early Notables of the Filimore family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Filmer, a 16th-century English Protestant martyr, one of the Windsor Martyrs, during the reign of Henry VIII; William Fulman (1632-1688), an English antiquary 'the son of a sufficient carpenter'; Sir Robert Filmer (c. 1588-1653), an English political theorist who defended the divine right of...
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Migration of the Filimore family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Filimores to arrive on North American shores: John Filmer who settled in Virginia in 1623; Louise Filmer settled in Texas in 1859.
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- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.