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Rimmer - origins of the name
Posted by: Stuart Rimmer (ID *****4914) Date: July 04, 2007 at 03:12:31
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I am looking for a few pointers regarding the origins of the Rimmer name. Popular surname sites generally suggest Norman origins, based on the Rimer/Rymer variation, which in old english means 'poet'. While this may be one origin of the name, I am descended from North West Lancashire Rimmers, and lean towards a Norse origin. It is well accepted that the North West was subject to substantial immigration and settlement by the Norse about 1000 years ago (many of whom had been expelled from Ireland in the 10th Century), and as a result Southport and the surrounding area has the largest concentration of Rimmers in the UK (and perhaps anywhere!?). I know there are pre-literate phonetic variations, such as Rimer, Rymer etc. I have heard snippets that in old Norse the name means 'saddler', and even that the name is linked to the viking 'Hrima' who landed and settled in the Ravenmeols area. However, I am seeking some proper texts/research material etc. regarding the name's Norse origins, rather than anecdotal 'snippets'. Can anybody help?


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