This habitation name of WILLMER was from the place Wildmore in Lincolnshire, or from the Weald Moors in Shropshire. The name was composed of the elements WILDE (wild, uncultivated) and MOR (meaning moor or marsh).
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 WILMORE (without surname) who was recorded in Lincolnshire in 1185, and Edward Wilmer appears in Norfolk in the year 1273. Henry Wilmere of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.
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. Registered at Rayton, County Warwick. Confirmed on the 16th February 1582.
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