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The name Harmar reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Harmar family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Harmar is based on the Old English given name Heremoer. It derives from the Old English elements here, which means army, and moer, which means fame. Alternatively, the name could have been "an ancient personal name, occurring in the Domesday Book of Norfolk among the tenants in chief as Hermerus. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Harmar Early Origins



The surname Harmar was first found in Norfolk where they were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Later the family held estates known as the "Fens" and these may have been held since the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D.

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Harmar Spelling Variations


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Harmar Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Harmar are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Harmar include Harmer, Harmar, Hermer, Hermar, Hearmer, Hearmar and others.

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Harmar Early History


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Harmar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmar research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1972, 1555, 1613, 1647 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Harmar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harmar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harmar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harmar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Harmar, or a variant listed above:

Harmar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Harmar, who arrived in Virginia in 1644
  • Win Harmar, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • John Harmar, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • John Harmar, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Martha Harmar, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Harmar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Harmar, who arrived in New York in 1795

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Harmar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmar Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 09:24.

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