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Rymer is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who had the gift of poetry as in "the ryhmer, poet versifier, singer" [1] and as such came from a variety of places throughout the United Kingdom. Probably the most famous of the name in early records was Thomas of Erceldoune, sometimes styled Thomas Learmonth (fl. c. 1220-1298), a Scottish laird in Berwickshire and reputed prophet who was known by the sobriquets Thomas the Rhymer or True Thomas. According to tradition, Thomas the Rhymer, was carried off by the "Queen of Elfland" and returned having gained the gift of prophecy, as well as the inability to tell a lie. The story appears in at least five manuscripts and as the protagonist in the popular ballad "Thomas the Rhymer."

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The surname Rymer was first found in Suffolk and Berwick, Scotland.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rymer has appeared include Rymour, Rymer, Rymor, Rhymer and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rymer research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1663, 1643 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Rymer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rymer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rymer arrived in North America very early:

Rymer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Martha Rymer settled with her husband in Rapahanock in Virginia in 1729
  • George Rymer settled in New England in 1772

Rymer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Rymer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840

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  • Russ Rymer, American author and freelance journalist for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic and others
  • Pamela Ann Rymer (b. 1941), United States federal jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1989-2011), Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California (1983-1989)
  • Weymouth Rymer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 1940; Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1955-58
  • W. L. Rymer, American Democrat politician, Chair of Boone County Democratic Party, 1955
  • Samuel E. W. Rymer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 7th District, 1964
  • Henry A. Rymer, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Tyler County, 1879-80
  • Dwight Rymer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1980
  • Bert E. Rymer, American politician, Mayor of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 1936-38

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  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)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Rymer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rymer 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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