This extremley rare and unusual name is believed to be locational from places called Heymer or Hamer formerly found in ancient times in Northumberland and Lancashire. The name means "the place of Hanna on the Marsh (Hanna-mere)" from Olde English pre 7th Century. There is also a possibility that some names may derive from the medieval "Hymner" - "One who played hymes at a wedding" but this is not proven. The Hymors of Northumberland were granted a Coat of Arms of a Crossbow between four Cocherells on a Gold Field. The name spellings appear to be Haymer, Hymer, Hamer and Hymor. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Heymer. which was dated 1273, in the Pipe Rolls of North Lancashire. during the reign of King Edward 1, known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. 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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