Rimmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, 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 Rimmer family

The surname Rimmer 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 Rimmer family

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

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, Rhymer, Rymer and others.

Early Notables of the Rimmer family (pre 1700)

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Rimmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Rimmer is the 6,787th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]


United States Rimmer migration to the United States +

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 [5]
Rimmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Stephan Rimmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [5]

Canada Rimmer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [6]

Australia Rimmer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rimmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Rimmer, British Convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. William Rimmer, (b. 1792), aged 24, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for larceny, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1818 [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Rimmer, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]

New Zealand Rimmer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rimmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Rimmer, aged 23, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Ellen Rimmer, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • William A. Rimmer, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Annie Rimmer, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Rimmer (post 1700) +

  • Robert Henry Rimmer, American author of several books, most notably "The Harrad Experiment"
  • Alfred Rimmer (1829-1893), English artist and author, son of Thomas Rimmer, timber merchant, born at Liverpool
  • John James "Jimmy" Rimmer (b. 1948), English former football goalkeeper
  • Ms. Heather Elizabeth Rimmer M.B.E., British Commander for the Royal Navy, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [10]
  • Mr. Bernard Rimmer M.B.E., British Estates Supervisor for Myerscough College, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the Agricultural community [10]
  • 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

Hillsborough disaster
  • David George Rimmer (1950-1989), English sales manager who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [11]
  • Carl William Rimmer (1968-1989), English video technician who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [11]
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 [12]


  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  11. ^ Hillsborough Victims (retreived 21st March 2021). Retreived from https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/15/remembering-96-victims-hillsborough-disaster-30-years-9206566/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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