Primmar is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with 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 Primmar 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 Primmar family
The surname Primmar 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 Primmar family
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Primmar Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Primer, Primar, Primmer, Brymmer, Brimmer and many more.
Early Notables of the Primmar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Primmar family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Primmar or a variant listed above: John Primms, who settled in Maryland in 1679; William Primmer, who came to America in 1724; Adam Primmer, whose oath of allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1777.