Anglo-Saxon name Rymour comes from when its first bearer worked as 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."
Early Origins of the Rymour family
Suffolk and Berwick, Scotland.
Early History of the Rymour family
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Rymour Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rymour include Rymour, Rymer, Rymor, Rhymer and others.
Early Notables of the Rymour family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rymour family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rymour or a variant listed above: George Rymer settled in New England in 1772; Martha Rymer settled with her husband in Rapahanock in Virginia in 1729.
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