The earliest origins of the name Raymer date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from the baptismal name Rainer,
which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari
which means counsel
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Raymer family
The surname Raymer was first found in Herefordshire
. The name was first recorded as Raynerus (Rainerus), a tenant
in chief in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A few years later Reynerus cancellarius was listed in Norfolk
in 1101-1125 and Ricardus filius
Rainer was listed at Winton in Hampshire
in 1148. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the name as a personal name: Reyner le Blake in Norfolk; and Reyner Custance in Norfolk
. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list Anabilla Rayner and Thomas Rayner. 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)
Early History of the Raymer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raymer research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1400, 1600 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Raymer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Raymer Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Raymer include Rayners, Rainor, Rayner, Raynor, Rainer, Raynar, Rainyer, Reyner, Rauner, Raener, Rainar, Raynere, Raynars, Raynors, Raynore, Raynare, Raynair and many more.
Early Notables of the Raymer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raymer family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Raymer or a variant listed above:
Raymer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Agnes Raymer, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Ems" from Bremen, Germany CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YC-2WG : 6 December 2014), Agnes Raymer, 19 Sep 1893; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Ems, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Raymer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frances B. Raymer, aged 56, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFZV-KPP : 6 December 2014), Frances B. Raymer, 23 Jun 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Edwin Raymer, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Rio de Janeiro CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ9Q-62N : 6 December 2014), Edwin Raymer, 22 Jul 1913; citing departure port Rio de Janeiro, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Frank Raymer, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Charles" from Rotterdam, Netherlands CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67Y-3YM : 6 December 2014), Frank Raymer, 15 Jun 1919; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Charles, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Raymer (post 1700)
- Steve Raymer, American journalist and National Geographic staff photographer for over two decades
- Robert Raymer (b. 1956), American writer
- Rick Raymer, American video game designer
- Greg Raymer (b. 1964), American poker player, nicknamed "Fossilman," winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event
- Frederick Charles "Fred" Raymer (1875-1957), American Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Orphans in 1901 and the Boston Beaneaters in 1905
- Daniel Raymer (b. 1954), American aerospace engineer, Director of Advanced Concept Design at the Lockheed Skunk Works
- Cory Raymer (b. 1973), American NFL football player for the Washington Redskins (1995–2001), San Diego Chargers (2002–2003) and the Washington Redskins (2004–2005)
- Brent Raymer (b. 1985), American NASCAR driver
- Beth Raymer (b. 1976), American writer and journalist
- Vic Raymer, Canadian curler who played Second on the Alberta Avenue CC curling team during the World Curling Championships in 1961