Last name: Latimer

This ancient name is of Old French origin, introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, and is an occupational surname for a clerk or keeper of records in Latin. The name derives from the Old French (and later Anglo-Norman French) "latinier", latim(m)ier", interpreter, literally "a speaker of Latin", ultimately from the Latin "latimarus, latinarius". A late medieval English dictionary, the "Promptorium arvulorum", defines a "latonere", as ... "he that usythe Latyn speche". During the Middle Ages Latin was effectively the only language used for official documents, and the position of "Latiner" or "Latimer" was therefore a skilled and important one. Latin was displaced in England only gradually by the vernacular, firstly Anglo-Norman French, and eventually English. The surname is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in its Latinized form: Ralph Latimarus (Essex), and Hugo Latinarius, Interpres (Hampshire). A notable bearer of the name was Hugh Latimer (1485 - 1555), the Protestant bishop; he was burnt at the stake for heresy under "Bloody" Mary 1 of England. An early example of the name from London Church Registers is that of the christening of Josua Latimer at St. Lawrence Pountney, on July 24th 1548. A Coat of Arms granted to a family of the name in the reign of Edward 1st (1272 - 1307) depicts, on a red shield, four black escallops on a gold cross patonce. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gocelinus le Latimer, which was dated 1102, in the "Chartulary of the Monastery of Ramsey", Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Stephen Latimer
Hi i'm Stephen Latimer from Liverpool, Latimer is quite a popular name in northern England.

Michael Latimer
I'm Michael Latimer and I live in the UK, I have family originating from Scotland, Ireland and London. We all can't be related

Nydia
HELLO! I am Nydia Latimer. I am Puerto Rican. :)

Michael Latimer
My name is Michael Latimer and I'm also Puerto Rican!!!

Mohammad
My name is Mohommad Latimer. I cam the 29th Mohammad Latimer in my lineage. It goes back to the 700s in Saudi Arabia.

karol
Hi can anyone give me information on the name Latimer, where the name came from, how well known it is etc?? I purchased some old manuscripts as well as really really really old pictures which belonged to an Ealderly Latimer. These items were dated 1834 and assuming that this person was probably in their 30's at the time.

camille lay
my father,whom i did not know was Clive latimer,from the US or Canada

Rob Latimer
hi...im rob latimer

sandra faye latimer
looking into my family history latimer surname. from the line of arthur hutchison latimer,hugh latimer,david latimer,melvin latimer,down to my father joe latimer, i am sandra faye latimer of bessemer alabama. i have been doing research of my family history and didnt realize how many latimers are all over the place,pretty cool. i would love to compile my family history to present to my father joe latimer,it would mean so much to him. any info or interesting knowledge,tidbits etc...please dont hesitate to email me at cntconcentrate@yahoo.com thanks so much.

Glenys Latimer
hey, I'm Glenys Latimer from Australia.