The origins of the Gaymer name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam.
The surname Gaymer is topographic
in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb,
which is the crest of a hill or a dike.
Early Origins of the Gaymer family
The surname Gaymer was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Gaymer family
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Gaymer Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gaymer were recorded, including Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.
Early Notables of the Gaymer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaymer family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gaymer family emigrate to North America: Thomas Cam who arrived in Maine in 1605.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gaymer (post 1700)
- William Gaymer Jr. (1842-1936), English businessman who inherited the family run Gaymer Cider Company; he built up the family business to the point at which it employed 400 men, had a London office and a Royal Warrant, the company is though to have dated back at least 200 years before
- Dame Janet Marion Gaymer DBE, QC (b. 1947), British Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments (2006-2010), former senior partner of Simmons & Simmons, an international law firm, as well as Chair of the Employment Tribunal System Taskforce