Show ContentsLorimer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Lorimer. It was a name given to someone who was 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 Lorimer family

The surname Lorimer 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 Lorimer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorimer research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1643, 1677, 1702, 1706, 1712, 1779 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Lorimer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorimer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lorimer have been found, including Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Lorimer family

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 Lorimer family to Ireland

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

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Lorimer, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Lorimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Victor Lorimer, aged 25, who arrived in Texas in 1830 [6]
  • George Claude Lorimer, who landed in America in 1855 [6]
  • James, John and William Lorimer, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1858

Australia Lorimer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lorimer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Marmaduke Powell Lorimer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [7]
  • Catherine Lorimer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [7]
  • Alexander Lorimer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [8]
  • Miss Marion Lorimer, (Wilson), (b. 1811), aged 30, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 16th November 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1867 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorimer (post 1700) +

  • Jim Lorimer (1926-2022), American attorney and former Special Agent of the F.B.I. who organized the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989, Mayor and Vice Mayor of Worthington, Ohio, for 52 years
  • George Horace Lorimer (1867-1937), American newspaper editor, editor in chief of the Saturday Evening Post (1899-1936)
  • William Lorimer (1861-1934), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1895-1901, 1903-09; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896, 1904, 1908; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1909-12 [10]
  • Joel Lorimer, American politician, Representative from California 22nd District, 1986 [10]
  • David Lorimer, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Alexandretta, 1904-05 [10]
  • Alma V. Lorimer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932, 1940 [10]
  • Glennis Lorimer (1913-1968), English actress, known for Ask a Policeman (1939), Crown v. Stevens (1936) and Old Faithful (1935)
  • Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990), birth name of Max Wall, an English comedian and actor, son of Jack "Jock" Lorimer
  • George Lorimer (1872-1897), English rugby league footballer
  • Giulia Daneo Lorimer (1932-2021), Swiss-born, Italian violinist and singer from Lugano, Switzerland
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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. 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)
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  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th March 2022). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook