Plimmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Plimmer is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a seller of plumes and feathers. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.
Early Origins of the Plimmer family
The surname Plimmer was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Plimmer first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Plimmer family
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Plimmer Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Plimmer include Plumer, Plummer, Plumber and others.
Early Notables of the Plimmer family (pre 1700)
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Plimmer migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Plimmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Plimmer, aged 28, a builder, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 
- Eliza Plimmer, aged 29, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 
- Isaac Plimmer, aged 6, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 
- William Plimmer, aged 4, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 
- Mary Plimmer, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Plimmer (post 1700) +
- James Plimmer (b. 1901), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s
- John Plimmer (1812-1905), English immigrant from Shrewsbury, Shropshire to New Zealand aboard the Gertrude in 1841, often called the "Father of Wellington," eponym of Plimmer Towers and Plimmerton
- Helen Clare Plimmer (b. 1965), English cricket player for England (1993 and 1997) and for Yorkshire
- David Plimmer, British actor, known for The Wicker Tree (2011), Count Arthur Strong (2013) and Casualty (1986)
- Karla Plimmer, Canadian producer and director, known for Marriage: Shattered Vows (2015) and Breakfast with the Mitchell Family (2014)
- Damon Plimmer, New Zealand Anglican priest, Archdeacon designate of Central Otago
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The Plimmer 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: Consulto et audacter
Motto Translation: With prudence and daring.