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NORFOLK HARMERS

Recorded in the Domesday Book is HERMER DE FERRIES (in Normandy) a Norman bearing the Norman French Christian name of HERMER(US), “here” = army and “mer(us)” = famous. There was one other person of that name mentioned whose hands were cut off by pirates.

Gathering information on the Norfolk family was begun by the HFA in 1989. Currently we are at the stage of knitting together many of the trees with the intention of linking them up to the Norwich tree going back to the 1500s, which forms the backbone of the Norfolk family.

Many in this family were described as “Gentleman”. “Merchants”, “Freemen”, later to become clothiers, others became physicians and one Lord Mayor of Norwich. Those Harmers living in outlying villages were usually agricultural labourers, bricklayers etc. Through research we have found that many found rural life hard and left Norfolk for the centres of industry and fishing on the north East Coastline, Hull, Tyneside as well as London and even further afield to Canada and Australia.  Amongst many well known Norfolk Harmers is the  family that built the  FW Harmer Clothing Company