Last name: Farmer

This English medieval job descriptive surname, recorded in the spellings of Farmer, Farmar, Fermer and Fermor, is of Olde French pre 10th century origins. Most people are surprised to know that originally the surname had nothing to with actually tilling the soil. Based upon the word "fermier", the name describes an early financier or collector of tithes and taxes, one who specialised in "farming " land leases. These first farmers would act as brokers for the crown or the major landowners, selecting applicants to work the tenanted lands on the basis usually of who paid most. The "farmers" in time became rich in their own right, and then reversed the process by purchasing land themselves on which in the modern sense, they then "farmed". Amongst the earliest of all recordings is that of William Le Fermer, in the rolls known as the "Feet of Fines" for the county of Essex in the year 1238. This was not a hereditary surname and nor was that of William le Farmere of Cambridge in 1279. The first known recording of the hereditary surname may be that of Richard Fermor, in the Fees Rolls of the county of Devon, in 1293. This was during the reign King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.

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cayle farmer
Canada :)

eva haynes
My mom's from the Farmer family with most of her relatives in the Maryland/Virginia area.

Abby farmer
I thought it would be an actual farmer from a farm !!! How I was wrong

Bruce Farmer
My family is from New Hampshire at least to back before the Civil War, I'd like to know more about it

Julie Farmer

My Farmer family came from Ireland - James born c1799 son of Hugh Farmer and Helen McBryde - no idea where in Ireland though.

Aidan farmer

My families from Virginia and a long way back their from Wales England I would've never guessed the name was from France

Annie Farmer

I was only searching this for homework, but I'm glad i found this website. I'm surprised it's French though.

Joe Farmer
My family is from Iowa. I want to know more. I'm looking to know more specially about Art Farmer, Addison Farmer, and Mauvolene Farmer's family.

I wonder if all the Farmers are related to the original settlers in Va back in 1616? That would be neat!

Kimberly Parkinson
My maiden name is Farmer and my grand father was William Lawrence Farmer. His name was legally changed to WL Farmer he was from Ga.I just wanted to know more about my family

Emily Farmer
this is awesome this is very great i love the farmer family

Ray f farmer jr
My grandfather was born in central Illinois his name Oscar Fred farmer he was born around1896

Leroy Farmer
My Grandfather's name was Lee Roy Farmer he had a Brother Jesse, they grew up in Crittenden Co. Ky. My grandfather married Mary McMain they lived their adult lives and raised six sons in Caseyville, Union Co. Ky. sons: Kenneth Winston, Ralph Edward, Robert Eugene (my dad) and James, all deceased, then Jerry Wayne and Jackie Haynes living, I know nothing of my Grandfather's lineage I would appreciate any help..

My Farmer family is in NC

Richard Farmer
Finding relations who I have never known, father's family and his mother's family Parsons.

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