Excerpt from Brief Account of the Family of Homer or De Homere of Ettingshall, Co; Stafford, Eng; And Boston, Mass Homer is an old Saxon name derived in all probability from the mar of Homere, w called Hummer, County Somerset, England. As hoh signifies high, and mere a pool or lake it may mean high lake. Mere, however, also means a boundary, a ridge of land. There is a fish-pond at Hummer, but lake. It is t mentioned in Domesday Book, but it occurs less than eight times in the Inquisitiones Post Mortem from 5 Richard II., (1381-2) to 2 Henry V., (1414-15), as Homere mess' 't terr' i.e., Homere, messuage or mar and lands, and strange to say always spelt in the same way, for the old clerks were exceedingly careless in that respect, and in ancient documents surnames are often spelt two or more different ways even in the same deed. There are remains of the mar house which is t surprising as it was probably built of wood as was then customary. The first of the surname on record is Thomas De Homere, Lord of the mar of Homer, to whom lands in the neighboring county of Dorset were granted A. D., 1338, by Lord Maltravers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.