Larrimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Larrimore is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally 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 Larrimore family

The surname Larrimore 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 Larrimore family

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

Larrimore 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 Larrimore 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 Larrimore include Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Larrimore 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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Ireland Migration of the Larrimore family to Ireland

Some of the Larrimore 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.

Migration of the Larrimore family

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 Larrimore or a variant listed above: Patrick Lorimore who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1810; James, John and William Lorimer arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1858; Patrick Lorimire settled in Philadelphia in 1850..



  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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