Fillimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Fillimore is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived 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.

Early Origins of the Fillimore family

The surname Fillimore 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Fillimore family

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

Fillimore Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fillimore has been spelled many different ways, including Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.

Early Notables of the Fillimore 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; Sir Robert Filmer (c. 1588-1653), an English political theorist who defended the divine right of kings; Sir Robert...
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Migration of the Fillimore family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fillimores to arrive in North America: John Filmer who settled in Virginia in 1623; Louise Filmer settled in Texas in 1859.

Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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