Hearmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hearmer is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hearmer is a name that 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]

Early Origins of the Hearmer family

The surname Hearmer 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.

Important Dates for the Hearmer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hearmer research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1972, 1555, 1613, 1647 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Hearmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hearmer Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Harmer, Harmar, Hermer, Hermar, Hearmer, Hearmar and others.

Early Notables of the Hearmer family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Hearmer family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hearmer or a variant listed above were: 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.


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