Show ContentsGummer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Gummer family. Gummer is a local name, first used as a surname for 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 Gummer family

The surname Gummer was first found in 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 Gummer family

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Gummer Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Gummer include Gummer, Gumer, Gumme, Gumm, Gum, Guma, Gumma, Gummers, Gumers, Gumen, Guemel, Gummere, Gummen, Gummel, Gummle, Gumere, Gumen, Gumel, Gumle, Gummaer, Gumaer, Guemmer, Gommer, Guemer, Gomer, Guemmere, Guemmen, Guemmel, Gommere, Gommen, Gomere, Gomen, Guemel and many more.

Early Notables of the Gummer family (pre 1700)

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United States Gummer migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Gummers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Gummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John B. Gummer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1893
  • John B Gummer, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 [1]

Australia Gummer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gummer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Gummer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [2]
  • Rosina Gummer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [2]
  • Emma Gummer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [2]
  • Samuel Gummer (aged 42), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gummer (post 1700) +

  • Scott Gummer, American writer and editor
  • Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer (b. 1983), American actress, known for her role as Emily Owens in the TV series Emily Owens, M.D
  • Grace Jane Gummer (b. 1986), American actress, daughter of Meryl Streep
  • Don Gummer (b. 1946), American sculptor, husband of Meryl Streep
  • Peter Selwyn Gummer FCIPR FIoD FCinstM FRSA (b. 1942), Baron Chadlington, an English businessman
  • George Gummer, Welsh professional rugby league footballer who played for the Wales National Team in 1936
  • Benedict Michael "Ben" Gummer (1978-2010), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Ipswich (2010-)
  • Alexandra Gummer (b. 1992), Australian footballer
  • John Selwyn Gummer (b. 1939), Baron Deben, British Director of Shandwick Publishing Company, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1997
  • Ellis Norman Gummer (b. 1915), British Commander of the British Empire (1974), Order of the British Empire (1960)

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from
  3. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved on Facebook