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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" CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) 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."
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rymer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
Rymer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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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