Within the rugged landscape of Moors
and hills called Wales
the ancient name Letimer 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 Letimer is derived from the Old French words latinier, latimier, and latimmer, which all literally mean a speaker of Latin.
Early Origins of the Letimer family
The surname Letimer 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
William Latimer was gifted Iselhempstead Latimer in Buckinghamshire
from the estate of Simon Beresford.
Early History of the Letimer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Letimer research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1380, 1487, 1555, 1467, 1545 and are included under the topic Early Letimer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Letimer Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Letimer have included Latimer, Latimor, Lattimer, Lattimor, Lattimore and many more.
Early Notables of the Letimer family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Hugh Latimer (c.1487-1555) English Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation
, later Church of England... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Letimer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Letimer family to Ireland
Some of the Letimer 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Letimer family to the New World and Oceana
families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh
anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh
immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Letimer were found: Andrew Latimer arrived in Virginia in 1774; Francise Latimore settled in Nevis in 1654; James, John, Robet and Daniel Latimore all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..