The name Parmer was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the island in 1066. It is a name for a person who worked as a palmer.
The surname Parmer was originally derived from the Old French word palmer,
which was taken from the Latin word palmifer
meaning palm bearer.
In this case the original bearer of the surname was a pilgrim who carried palm branches back from the Holy Land. In early history the name Parmer represented a missionary. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Parmer family
The surname Parmer was first found in "the east of England
, especially in Norfolk
, and Kent." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 include the following: Alice le Palmere in Cambridgeshire; Ralph le Palmere in Yorkshire; and Robert le Palmere in Lincolnshire
. Richard le Palmere was listed in Somerset
during the reign of Edward III and the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list Ricardus Palmer as a mason. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Ladbroke Hall in Ladbroke, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire was the home of the Palmer family since 1633 when it was purchased by William Palmer. "The church [of Ladbroke] is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a lofty and elegant spire, and contains several monuments, chiefly to the Palmer family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Due to the nature of the surname, it was not surprising to find entries in early Scotland too. Hugh Palmer witnessed resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204, and in 1253 Ricardus Palmerus de Kingore attested a memorandum of the ornaments of the chapel of Dundemor. Alexander Palmer witnessed a sale of land in Glasgow, c. 1280-1290, Elye Palmere held a land in Waldeuegate, Berwick, in 1307 and Hugh Palmere was "messager" of the earl of Douglas in 1397. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Parmer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parmer research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1634, 1705, 1735, 1731, 1735, 1872 and are included under the topic Early Parmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parmer Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Palmer, Pallmer, Parmer and others.
Early Notables of the Parmer family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Palmer of Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire; and his son, Roger Palmer, 1st Earl of Castlemaine, PC
(1634-1705), an English courtier, diplomat, and politician, his wife Barbara Villiers was... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parmer family to Ireland
Some of the Parmer family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Parmer family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Parmer name or one of its variants: William Palmer, who arrived in Plymouth in 1621 aboard the " Fortune"; Frances Palmer, who arrived in Plymouth in 1623 aboard the "Anne and the Little James".
Contemporary Notables of the name Parmer (post 1700)
- Hugh Q. Parmer (1939-1983), American attorney and Democratic politician, Texas State Senator from District 12 (Tarrant County) (1983-1991)
- Martin Parmer (1778-1850), American frontiersman, statesman, politician and soldier
- James Richard "Jim" Parmer (1927-2005), American NFL football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles
The Parmer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Palma virtuti
Motto Translation: The palm is for virtue.