Origin of the Name Farmer
The ancient history of the name Farmer
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the farmer', this is an occupational name. Variants include Farmar, Fermer and Fermor. The word farmer originally denoted a tax collector. Thus the name Farmer was applied to one who undertook the collection of taxes, revenues, and imposts, paying a fixed sum for the proceeds. Farmer also of course, referred to someone who rented land for the purposes of farming. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Thomas Fermour, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379 and a Francis Farmer and Mary Wilson, who were married in Saint Mary Aldermary, in the year 1772. In Ireland Farmer is derived from the native Gaelic Mac an Scoiloige Sept that was also anglicized as MacSollog, which can still be found in County Monaghan to this very day. An erenagh family of County Fermanagh were also called Farmer.
The Farmer coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Farmer descendants.