The history of the Filmers family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Filmers family
The surname Filmers 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Filmers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filmers 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 Filmers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filmers Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Filmers include Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.
Early Notables of the Filmers 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... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Filmers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Filmers family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Filmers or a variant listed above: John Filmer who settled in Virginia in 1623; Louise Filmer settled in Texas in 1859.