Show ContentsFillmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Fillmore come from when the family 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. [1]

"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." [2]

Early Origins of the Fillmore family

The surname Fillmore 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." [3]

"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." [4]

Early History of the Fillmore family

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

Fillmore Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fillmore has been recorded under many different variations, including Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.

Early Notables of the Fillmore 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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Fillmore Ranking

In the United States, the name Fillmore is the 5,790th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

United States Fillmore migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fillmore or a variant listed above:

Fillmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Fillmore, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [6]
Fillmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Fillmore, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
Fillmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. S. Fillmore, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
Fillmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Wm. H. Fillmore, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1907
  • William H. Fillmore, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Parker H. Fillmore, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Wellington Fillmore, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Mrs. Frank H. Fillmore, aged 51, who immigrated to America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fillmore (post 1700) +

  • Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore (1813-1881), second wife of 13th U.S. President Millard Fillmore
  • Abigail Powers Fillmore (1798-1853), wife of Millard Fillmore, First Lady of the United States from 1850 to 1853
  • Charles J. Fillmore (1929-2014), American linguist, and an Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Clyde Fillmore (1875-1946), American actor from Santa Monica, California
  • Henry Fillmore (1881-1956), American bandmaster and band composer, best known for his many marches and screamers
  • President Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), American served as Vice-President under Zachary Taylor and in 1850 became President himself and had for his Secretary of State the famous Daniel Webster
  • Charles Fillmore (1854-1948), one of the founders of the Unity Church
  • Millard Fillmore Caldwell (1897-1984), American politician, Governor of Florida 1945-1949
  • Millard Fillmore Dunlap (b. 1857), American Democratic Party politician, Treasurer of Illinois Democratic Party, 1897-1901; Candidate for Illinois State Treasurer, 1898; Treasurer of Democratic National Committee, 1900 [7]
  • Fillmore McPherson, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Madison, Connecticut, 2011-12

  1. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook