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The Reamer surname is of Norman origin, thought to be derived from the place name Rames in Seine-Inférieure, Normandy.

Reamer Early Origins



The surname Reamer was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Metinges. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Metinge and the lands of Ramesdune in Suffolk, where Roger de Rames was an under-tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The Rames castle in Normandy was near the forest, west of Bolbe c. Roger was given considerable lands in England and directly related to the Mandevilles and the d'Estouteville.

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Reamer Spelling Variations


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Reamer Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Reamer include Raimes, Rames, Reams, Ramis, Raimis, Reymes, Rheims, Rhymes and many more.

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Reamer Early History


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Reamer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reamer research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1260 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Reamer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reamer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reamer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reamer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Reamers to arrive on North American shores:

Reamer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Reamer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Henry Reamer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Bernard T Reamer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Johann Reamer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • A H Reamer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reamer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reamer (post 1700)



  • Meyer Reamer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1944
  • John Reamer, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ithaca, New York; Elected 1911; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928 (alternate), 1932; Presidential Elector for New York, 1932
  • Helen P. Reamer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960
  • Dawn Anne Reamer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 2004
  • David D. Reamer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Lewis County, 1848

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Citations


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Reamer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reamer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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