I have only just become aware of Genforum and am interested in the info posted re. the name Osmer.
1. According to my research the name Osmer (and Osmar) is recorded as being derived from the Anglo-Saxon Osmaer (the ae being a dipthong in Anglo-Saxon English i.e. being joined together and pronounched as one syllable). The meaning is said to be -os, a God + mere, glorious, famous.
2. The earliest reference I have to the name is that of an English Soldier at the battle of Sceorstan, (against Canute) in A.D.1016. Osmer was killed by Eadric Strona and his head paraded as that of King Eadmund, whom Osmer was said to closely resemble.
3. A further reference occurs to Osmund or Osmer, Saint(d 1099, Canonised 1457), Bishop of Salisbury, who was, according to a 15th Century document prserved in the Register B at Salisbury, son of Henry, Count of Seez, by Isabella, daughter of Robert, Duke of Normandy and sister of William the Conqueror.
4. In one of your messages I note the reference to Hawkhurst. I live approx 10 miles from Hawkhurst in East Sussex but was origally from Kent (England) my family (four earlier generations identified) being from the Chatham/Rochester area.
5. Could you please let me know where you obtained the info that the name came into Kent from Germany around A.D. 500.