Guymer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Guymer family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Guymer came from the medieval given name Giles. This name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.

Early Origins of the Guymer family

The surname Guymer was first found in Lincolnshire where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Guymer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guymer research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1296, 1317, 1346, 1680, 1755, 1652, 1621, 1644, 1640 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Guymer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guymer Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Giles, Gyles, Jiles and others.

Early Notables of the Guymer family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gyles (ca.1680-1755), American interpreter and soldier, best known for his account of his experiences with the Malecite tribes...
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Migration of the Guymer family to Ireland

Some of the Guymer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guymer migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Guymer or a variant listed above:

Guymer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Augusta Guymer, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Frank Guymer, aged 54, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • Eliza Guymer, aged 58, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Guymer (post 1700)

  • Chloe Guymer, American child actress
  • Myrna Guymer, Canadian author [1]
  • Graham Guymer, British fine artist [2]


  1. ^ Myrna Guymer. (Retrieved 2011, December 1) Myrna Guymer. Retrieved from
  2. ^ Graham Guymer. (Retrieved 2011, December 1) Graham Guymer. Retrieved from
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