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Within the rugged landscape of Moors and hills called Wales the ancient name latimer was developed. At one time this surname was simply a name for a person who worked as an interpreter; such a person was otherwise known as a latimer. The surname latimer is derived from the Old French words latinier, latimier, and latimmer, which all literally mean a speaker of Latin.
The surname latimer was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries.) Latimer, a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire is often mistakenly understood to be the family's origin, but this village dates back to 1220 when it was listed as Yselhamstede and Isenhamstede, and by 1389, it was listed as Laytmer. However, the Laytmer family resided there by the 14th century.  Glaisdale in the North Riding of Yorkshire "was the property of Robert de Brus, lord of Skelton, and, with the rest of the parish of Danby, descended to the Thwengs, and afterwards to the Latimers, lords of Danby; it is now divided into many freeholds." 
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname latimer has occasionally been spelled Latimer, Latimor, Lattimer, Lattimor, Lattimore and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our latimer research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1380, 1487, 1555, 1467, 1545 and are included under the topic Early latimer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early latimer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the latimer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name latimer:
latimer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
latimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
latimer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
latimer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The latimer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The latimer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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