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Where did the English Rymer family come from? What is the English Rymer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rymer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rymer family history?

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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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.

First found in Suffolk and Berwick, Scotland.


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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)
  • Chris Rymer, American visual effects specialist, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), The Green Hornet (2011) and The Smurfs (2011)
  • Allison Rymer, American script coordinator, known for her work on The Client List (2012), So Random! (2011) and Greek (2007)
  • Terry Rymer (b. 1967), English retired motorcycle road racer turned truck racer
  • Daniel Rymer (b. 1975), English actor, known for Casualty (1986), Flight of Fury (2007) and Cathedral (2005)
  • Michael Rymer (b. 1963), Australian Primetime Emmy Award nominated television and film director, known for Queen of the Damned (2002), Battlestar Galactica (2004) and In Too Deep (1999)
  • James Malcolm Rymer (1814-1884), British pulp fiction writer (writer of penny dreadfuls), thought to be the author of Varney the Vampire (1847) featuring the villainous Sweeney Todd who makes his literary debut
  • Laurie Rymer (b. 1934), former Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood (1955-1957)


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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. 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.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. 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.

This page was last modified on 17 June 2015 at 11:12.

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