Show ContentsKilmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kilmer finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a lime burner, a person in charge of a kiln.

Early Origins of the Kilmer family

The surname Kilmer was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kilmer family

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Kilmer Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kilmer has been recorded under many different variations, including Kilner, Kilnore, Kelner and others.

Early Notables of the Kilmer family

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Kilmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Kilmer is the 5,122nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States Kilmer migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kilmer or a variant listed above:

Kilmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Kilmer (also Kuhlmann) of Altengronau, and his Wife Anna Margaretha, who were Palatines, on record in New York State in 1710
Kilmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cordelia Kilmer, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1896
Kilmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • C.E. Kilmer, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Edith J. Kilmer, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Fred B. Kilmer, aged 59, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Arthur Kilmer, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Ester Kilmer, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilmer (post 1700) +

  • Derek Christian Kilmer (b. 1974), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington (2013-)
  • William Orland "Billy" Kilmer Jr. (b. 1939), American NFL football quarterback who played from 1961 to 1978
  • Val Edward Kilmer (b. 1959), American stage and screen actor, perhaps best known for his role in the blockbuster action film Top Gun (1986) and as Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever (1995) 2
  • John Edward Kilmer (1930-1952), United States Navy officer, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War
  • Dr. Sylvester Andral Kilmer (1840-1924), American MD of Cobleskill, New York, creator of "Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root"
  • Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), American poet, killed in WWI
  • H. A. Kilmer, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1904 3
  • Cynthia Bradley Kilmer, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 2006 3
  • C. S. Kilmer, American politician, Industrial Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1890 3
  • Beverly Kilmer (b. 1951), American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 7th District, 1999-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004 3

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