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Fermager Coat of Arms / Fermager Family Crest

This surname of FERMAGER was derived from the Old French 'fromageur' an occupational name meaning a cheesewright, a maker of cheese. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention William le Formager, 1273, London. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Later instances of the name mention Robert Formagier who was documented in County Lincolnshire in 1435. Andrew Firminger was documented during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Matthew Takes and Sarah Firminger were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1802.

The name is also spelt as Firminger and Firmiger.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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