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The historic German state of Prussia is the ancestral home of the Timmer family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. The Timmer surname is derived from job done by its initial bearer. Timmer is an occupational name for a in Prussia.

Timmer Early Origins



The surname Timmer was first found in Prussia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Germany and abroad, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention the knight Hans von Zimmern, who signed his name Hans Zimmerlin, of Wuerttemberg around 1414.

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Timmer Spelling Variations


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Timmer Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Timmer include Zimmer, Zimmerle, Zimmerer, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Zimerman, Timmer (northern Germany), Timmermann, Timmerman and many more.

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Timmer Early History


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Timmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Timmer research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1672, 1730, 1778, 1644, 1693, 1685 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Timmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Timmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Timmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Timmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Timmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Timmer, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662

Timmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Jacob Timmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740

Timmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Bern Timmer, who landed in America in 1845
  • Laurenz Timmer, who landed in America in 1846
  • Bernard Timmer, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jansje Timmer, aged 48, arrived in New York, NY in 1854
  • Right Timmer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Timmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Timmer (post 1700)



  • William A. Timmer, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1936
  • John Timmer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Dakota at-large, 1992
  • Henry W. Timmer, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Sheboygan County 2nd District; Elected 1948
  • Donald H. Timmer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Theo Timmer (b. 1949), former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from the Netherlands
  • Netty Witziers- Timmer (1923-2005), Dutch athlete
  • Mirjam Timmer (b. 1982), Dutch singer-songwriter
  • Marianne Timmer (b. 1974), Dutch speed skater who won two Olympic gold medals in speed skating in 1998
  • Henk Timmer (b. 1971), Dutch football goalkeeper, currently unattached
  • Hendrik Timmer (1904-1998), male athlete player from the Netherlands
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Timmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Timmer 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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