Primm is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a priest or other ecclesiastical official who read at prime,
the first canonical hour. The occupational
is derived from the Latin primus
meaning first, prime.
there was also another occupation
which was known by the name primmer, and that was the Chief Forester of the King's lands. Since each derivation is equally appropriate Primm is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Primm family
The surname Primm was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Primm family
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Primm Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Primm were recorded, including Primer, Primar, Primmer, Brymmer, Brimmer and many more.
Early Notables of the Primm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Primm family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Primm arrived in North America very early:
Primm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Paul Primm, who arrived in America in 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Primm (post 1700)
- Shane Christopher Primm (b. 1984), American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter