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

Reames Early Origins



The surname Reames 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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Reames Spelling Variations


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Reames Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Raimes, Rames, Reams, Ramis, Raimis, Reymes, Rheims, Rhymes and many more.

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Reames Early History


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Reames Early History



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

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Reames Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reames Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Reames name or one of its variants:

Reames Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Reames, who settled in Virginia in 1638

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reames (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reames (post 1700)



  • Henry Frazier Reames Sr. (1897-1971), generally known as Frazier Reams, was an American politician
  • Britt William Reames (b. 1973), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Homer Reames, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1932
  • Herman Reames, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1934
  • Frances Reames, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Van Buren County, 1938
  • Clarence L. Reames, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Oregon, 1913-18
  • Alfred Evan Reames (1870-1943), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1920; Oregon Democratic State Chair, 1936; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1938
  • William Britt Reames (b. 1973), American Major League Baseball player
  • Alfred Evan Reames (1870-1943), American attorney and politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon
  • Keith John Reames (1942-2008), English football manager and administrator

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Citations


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Citations



  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. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Reames Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reames 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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