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The name Harmer came to England with the ancestors of the Harmer family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from 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.


Harmer Early Origins



The surname Harmer 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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Harmer Spelling Variations


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Harmer Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Harmer, Harmar, Hermer, Hermar, Hearmer, Hearmar and others.

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Harmer Early History


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Harmer Early History



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

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Harmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Harmer name or one of its variants:

Harmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Harmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Doraty Harmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Gothofrid Harmer, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • Jane Harmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • William Harmer settled in Barbados in 1679 with his servants
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Valentine Harmer, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796
  • Valentine Harmer settled in Frederick County Maryland in 1796

Harmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Harmer, who arrived in America in 1830
  • John, Martin and Robert Harmer arrived in Pennsylvania in 1839

Harmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertram Harmer, who landed in Alabama in 1929

Harmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Harmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Edward Harmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Harriett Harmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Elizabeth Harmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Jane Harmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Harmer, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • D. Harmer arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harmer (post 1700)



  • John L. Harmer, American Republican politician, Member of California State Senate, 1966-74; Presidential Elector for California, 1972; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1974-75; Defeated, 1974
  • Harvey Walker Harmer (1865-1961), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate, 1901-04, 1919-22; Mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1906-07
  • Hardin Roads Harmer (1899-1963), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1940-44; Member of West Virginia State Senate 13th District, 1943-48; resigned 1948
  • David Harmer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 10th District, 2009
  • Alfred Crout Harmer (1825-1900), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1868; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 5th District, 1871-75, 1877-1900
  • John L. Harmer (b. 1934), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of California (1974-1975)
  • John Harmer, American politician, Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia from 1737 to 1738
  • David Harmer (b. 1962), American attorney and political candidate who ran for election to the United States House of Representatives from California's 11th Congressional District
  • Alfred Crout Harmer (1825-1900), American shoe manufacturer and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Juliet Harmer (b. 1943), English artist, children's author and actress
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Harmer Historic Events


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Harmer Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. George Harmer (b. 1919), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stratford, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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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.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Harmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmer 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.

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