Grammer Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Grammer Origin:

England, Germany

Origins of Grammer:

The source of this interesting and unusual name originally developed from German and Anglo-Saxon, pre 7th-century origins. It has been spread widely all over Europe in many various spelling forms such as Cramer, Kramer, Kremer, Gramer, Graemer, Grammer, etc. It derives from an old word “cram” which means cream or oil, which has Roman (Latin) roots, and is a professional nickname for a manufacturer or retailer of dairy or milk products. It also was used to describe the holder of an old trading post, now who would be called a retailer or store owner, or particularly a shopkeeper. The surname is also listed in both Scotland as well as in Northern Ireland. However, there does not seem to be any Gaelic similar word, so here the name perhaps derives from a similar Germanic origin. Professional surnames frequently mentioned the real profession of the name holder, and after that became genetics. In the “Old Statistical Account (1792)” of the church of Kirkden in Angus in Scotland, “Cramer’s” are introduced as “residents who go all over the church and nearby places and purchase butter, hens, eggs, etc., mostly for the Dundee market”. Previous recordings of the surname consist of Berhtolt Grammer, in the documents of Rottweil, Germany, in the year 1282. Gerhard Kremer, who was considered to be the mapmaker who created the “Mercator Projection”, and John Cramer and Elizabeth Spillre, who in October 1637, married in the parish of St. Mary Somerset, London, in the period of Charles 1st of England, who soon afterwards to passed away, by murder.


More common variations are: Greammer, Gramer, Grmmer, Garhammer, Grammeier, Grimmer, Crammer, Grammar, Grummer, Krammer.


The origins of the surname Grammer was found in Bavaria where the name started from a weak family origin but eventually obtained an important position for rise in old society. After that, they became more important as many descendants would leave for other, faraway lands and also in foreign countries always raising their social position by their great donations to society.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Walther der Kramer, dated about 1272, in the “old rolls and documents of Eblingen,” Germany. It was during the time of King Rudolf I, of the German first king, dated 1272-1291.


Many of the people with name Grammer had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Grammer settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Grammer who settled in the United States in the 17th century included John Grammer who landed in Maryland in the year 1650.

The following century saw many more Grammer surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Grammer who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Gottlob Grammer arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1804. Gottlieb Christopher Grammer settled in America in the year 1809. Godfrey Grammer came to Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1837. Enrest E Grammer and Herbert Grammer, both landed in Arkansas respectively in the years 1891 and 1893.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Grammer: United States 4,046; England 97; Australia 48; Canada 55; South Africa 128; Germany 336; New-Zealand 80; Netherlands 18; Switzerland 27; Austria 157.

Notable People:

Andy Grammer was an American composer and musician.

Billy Grammer (born 1925), is an American country musician and exceptional guitar player.

Red Grammer (born 1952), is an American musician and composer.

Tracy Grammer is an American public musician, famous for her work as half of the public duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

Elijah S. Grammer is a famous politician from Washington.

Greer Grammer was an American actress, entertainer, and beauty queen.

Kelsey Grammer is an American artist, producer, and author famous for his 20-year portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on two sitcoms.

Spencer Grammer is an American actress and daughter of Kelsey Grammer.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Notes: (Ware, co. Herts). Blazon: Azure billettee argent a lion ramp, of the second. Crest—A demi lion rampant azure billettee or.
2) Notes: (London and co. Warwick). Blazon: Gules billettee or, a lion rampant argent.