Keymer is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Keymer, in the county of Sussex
. Keymer is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Keymer family
The surname Keymer was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Keymer family
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Keymer Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Keymer family name include Keymer, Keymmer, Kemer, Keymere, Kemeyre and many more.
Early Notables of the Keymer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keymer family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Keymer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Keymer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christopher Keymer and his son, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1754
- William Keymer journeyed to Maryland in 1774
Keymer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sidney L. Keymer, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1897
Keymer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George Keymer, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1922