The ancestors of the Hearmar family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Hearmar came from the Old English given name Heremoer.
It derives from the Old English elements here,
which means army,
which means fame.
Alternatively, the name could have been "an ancient personal name
, occurring in the Domesday Book
among the tenants in chief as Hermerus. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Hearmar family
The surname Hearmar 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.
Early History of the Hearmar family
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Hearmar 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 Harmer, Harmar, Hermer, Hermar, Hearmer, Hearmar and others.
Early Notables of the Hearmar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hearmar family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hearmar or a variant listed above: John Harmar, who arrived in Virginia in 1652Richard Harmer, who came to Virginia in 1670; William Harmer settled in Barbados in 1679 with his servants.