This surname of PATMOOR was an English habitation name from a place in Hertfordshire, a hamlet in the parish of Albury. which appears in the Domesday Book as Patemere. It was derived from an old personal name PEATTAMERE, and literally meant the dweller by Patmore's lake or pool.
Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
Early records of the name mention Philip de Patmere, who was documented in 1273 in County Cambridge, and Edward Patmer of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A later instance of the name include Edward Parmore and Hannah Isaac, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1802. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Patmer).
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