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Filmer is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Filmer family once 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.

Filmer Early Origins



The surname Filmer 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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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Filmer Spelling Variations


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Filmer Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Filmer family name include Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.

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Filmer Early History


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Filmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filmer research. Another 227 words (16 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 Filmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Filmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Filmer Early Notables (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...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Filmer Notables 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Filmer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Filmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Filmer, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Filmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Henry Filmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Filmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louise Filmer, who settled in Texas in 1859

Filmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Filmer, aged 45, a farmer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Eliza Filmer, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Emma Filmer, aged 16, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Thomas Stephen Filmer, aged 14, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Frances Filmer, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Filmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Filmer (post 1700)



  • Lady Mary Georgina Filmer (1838-1903), English socialite and wife of Sir Edmund Filmer, 9th Baronet, an early proponent of the art of photographic collage
  • Sir Robert Marcus Filmer (1878-1916), 10th Baronet of East Sutton, Kent
  • Sir Edmund Filmer (1835-1886), 9th Baronet, English politician, Member of Parliament for West Kent (1859-1865) and for Mid Kent (1880-1884)
  • Sir Edmund Filmer (1809-1857), 8th Baronet, English politician, Member of Parliament for West Kent (1838-1857)
  • Sir John Filmer (1760-1834), 7th Baronet of East Sutton, Kent
  • Sir Edmund Filmer (1727-1834), 6th Baronet of East Sutton, Kent
  • Sir Beversham Filmer (1719-1805), 5th Baronet of East Sutton, Kent
  • John Francis Filmer (1895-1979), Australian-born New Zealand scientist who helped develop a cure for "bush sickness" and precursor to the vitamin B12, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1961

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Filmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Filmer 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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