Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Gommer is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Gommer was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.
Early Origins of the Gommer family
Bavaria, where in ancient times the name Gummer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's feudal society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the household acquired distant estates which in turn elevated their social status.
Early History of the Gommer family
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Early Notables of the Gommer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gommer family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Gommer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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