Larimer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Larimer is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a lorimer which is an Old French word used to refer to those individuals who made stirrup irons, spurs and other metal articles that people used with horses.

As an occupational name, records of the name are widespread and in early records more often than not, the name was seen in its Lation form as by example, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Robert and John Lauremarius, Normandy 1180-1195. [1]

However one source notes that the name could have been derived from "Goscelinus Loremarius, one of the Conqueror's tenants in chief, mentioned in Domesday [Book], co. Essex. " [2]

Early Origins of the Larimer family

The surname Larimer was first found in Essex where the aforementioned Goscelinus Loremarius was listed shortly after the Conquest.

The use of the early Latin spelling was widespread as in Scotland, "Hugh Lorimarius and his heirs had a grant of lands near Perth from William the Lion (reign 1165-1214) for services performed by him. Matthew Lorimer, a descendant of Hugh, sold the lands to William de Len, burgess of Perth, by whom they were gifted to the Abbey of Scone in the reign of Alexander II. " [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Adam le Lorimer, Salop (Shropshire); Richard le Lorimer, Essex; Thomas Lormar, Essex; and William Lorinar, Oxfordshire. [4]

Gervase Lorimarius, or Sadler, was Bailiff of Norwich in 1239. [5]

Early History of the Larimer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Larimer research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1379, 1643, 1779, 1712, 1677, 1706, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Larimer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Larimer Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Larimer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Larimer include: Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Larimer family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Larimore, (1677-1706) also Laramore, Larrimore, Laremore, Laremoor, American privateer and pirate active in the Caribbean and off the eastern seaboard of the American colonies. He was instrumental in helping...
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Larimer Ranking

In the United States, the name Larimer is the 15,447th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Larimer family to Ireland

Some of the Larimer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Larimer migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Larimer or a variant listed above:

Larimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel W. Larimer, aged 61, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Chas. Larimer, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1896
Larimer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Larimer, aged 60, who immigrated to America from Ballyclare, in 1906
  • Mary Larimer, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Ethel R. Larimer, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Jeannie Larimer, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Paisley, Scotland, in 1911
  • Z. Larimer, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Larimer (post 1700) +

  • Marc Larimer (1890-1919), American fencer who competed in the individual foil and épée events at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Smith Larimer (1829-1881), American corporal in the 2nd Ohio Cavalry, Union Army, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at the Battle of Sayler's Creek in the American Civil War
  • David G. Larimer (b. 1944), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (1987-2009)
  • William Larimer Jr. (1809-1875), American settler and land developer, founder of the city of Denver, Colorado and Larimer County, Colorado
  • William Larimer Mellon Sr. (1868-1949), American entrepreneur, founder of Gulf Oil

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
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