Rimer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Rimer comes from when its first bearer worked as a poet, from the Old English words rime or ryme, in other words, one who was called the rhymer. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

Early Origins of the Rimer family

The surname Rimer was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times, having manors and estates in that shire. Anciently they undoubtedly derived their name from the court Rhymer or Versificator, a practice that started with King Henry III of England.

"In South-west Lancashire Rimmer has ramified very strongly; but it was spelt Rymer in the 16th century." [1]

Early History of the Rimer family

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

Rimer 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 Rimer include Rimmer, Rimer, Remmer and others.

Early Notables of the Rimer family (pre 1700)

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United States Rimer migration to the United States +

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 Rimer or a variant listed above:

Rimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich August Rimer, who arrived in Desterro, Brazil in 1850 [2]
  • Carl Rimer, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1880 [2]
  • Auguste Rimer, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1893
Rimer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Sherraid Rimer, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Rimer (post 1700) +

  • Sir Colin Percy Farquharson Rimer QC (b. 1944), English jurist, Judge of the English Court of Appeal (1994-2014)

  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. ^ 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)

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