Show ContentsLarimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Larimore is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to 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 Larimore family

The surname Larimore 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 Larimore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Larimore 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 Larimore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Larimore Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Larimore has appeared include Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Larimore 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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Larimore Ranking

In the United States, the name Larimore is the 11,035th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Larimore family to Ireland

Some of the Larimore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Larimore migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Larimore arrived in North America very early:

Larimore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Larimore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 [7]
Larimore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Larimore, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1895
Larimore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Richlos Larimore, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Marssilla R. Larimore, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Bell Larimore, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Dudley Larimore, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Larimore (post 1700) +

  • Victoria Ann Larimore (b. 1956), American Emmy Award nominated film director, television director, producer, screenwriter, and playwright
  • Laura Kate Larimore (1893-1987), birth name of Kate Larimore Turabian, an American educator who is best known for her book A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
  • Emma Page Larimore (1855-1943), American educator, writer, and editor for The Gospel Advocate, the second wife of T.B. Larimore
  • Charles Larimore Jones (1932-2006), American architect of the U.S. Air Force's forward air control doctrine, awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, Multiple Air Medals and the Purple Heart
  • Brigadier-General Ford Larimore Fair (1898-1946), American Chief of Staff, European Air Transport Service (1946) [8]

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  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
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Ford Fair. Retrieved from on Facebook