Show ContentsRemmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Remmer is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a poet, from the Old English words rime or ryme, in other words, one who was called the rhymer, poet, versifier, singer. "In South-west Lancashire Rimmer has ramified very strongly; but it was spelt Rymer in the 16th century." 1

Anciently they undoubtedly derived their name from the court Rhymer or Versificator, a practice that started with King Henry III of England.

Early Origins of the Remmer family

The surname Remmer was first found in Yorkshire where Warin Rymer was listed in 1229. A few years later, Richard le Rimour was found in Lancashire in 1277. 2 The Assize Rolls of Lancashire list Roger le Rymeur in 1246 and Thomas the Rymour [Thomas of Erceldoune], was the first Scottish poet. 3

In the 16th and 17th century, Cheshire became a stronghold for the family as the Wills at Chester included: Roger Rymer, of Walton, 1579; Peter Rymer, of North Meols, 1591; William Rymer, of Formby, 1614; John Rimmer, of Formby, 1615; and Gilbert Rimmer, of North Meols, 1617. 1

Early History of the Remmer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Remmer research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1591, 1614, 1615 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Remmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Remmer Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Remmer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Remmer include Rimmer, Rimer, Remmer, Rhymer, Rymer and others.

Early Notables of the Remmer family

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United States Remmer migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Remmer or a variant listed above:

Remmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Willem Remmer, who landed in New York in 1709 4
Remmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl Remmer, who landed in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Bernh Herm Remmer, who arrived in America in 1848-1849 4

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. 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) on Facebook