The English and Irish surname Elmore is an habitational name from Elmore in Gloucestershire, named from the Old English terms elm meaning “elm” and ofer meaning “river bank.” The name has been long established in Ireland being brought there at the time of the Norman Invasion in the 11th Century. The original Elmore’s came to Ireland with Strongbow and settled in county Louth on the eastern seaboard where they were awarded large estates. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1653 when Henry Elmore arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 25,000 bearers of the name Elmore living in the US.
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