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The name Rimmer is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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.

Rimmer Early Origins



The surname Rimmer 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.

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Rimmer Spelling Variations


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Rimmer Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rimmer include Rimmer, Rimer, Remmer and others.

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Rimmer Early History


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Rimmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rimmer research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rimmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rimmer 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rimmer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Rimmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Rimmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Rimmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Stephan Rimmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729

Rimmer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Rimmer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Rimmer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Rimmer was a hatter in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1861 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Rimmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rimmer, aged 23, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Ellen Rimmer, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • William A. Rimmer, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Annie Rimmer, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rimmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rimmer (post 1700)



  • Robert Henry Rimmer, American author of several books, most notably "The Harrad Experiment"
  • John James "Jimmy" Rimmer (b. 1948), English former football goalkeeper
  • David Rimmer, Canadian visual artist and winner of the Governor General's Award in visual and media arts in 2011
  • John Thomas "Jack" Rimmer (1878-1962), British athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Eve Rimmer (1937-1996), New Zealand athlete

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Rimmer Historic Events


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Rimmer Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Gilbert Rimmer (d. 1912), aged 27, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Rimmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rimmer 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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