Hello Janet - So nice to know that someone read my response to Debra Bishop's inquiry way back in August 2004. I never heard from her again.
I'm not familiar with the word "dit" in genealogy, but then I'm only an amateur. I find the origins of the name Jimmo/Jimmoe intriguing and always wondered if it was related to the name Guimond/Guimont/Guimon, besides the possibility of it coming from the French "jumeau" for twin. There's also to consider the reverse pronounciation of the letters "g" and "j" from French to English. In French, the letter "g" sounds like "j", and "j" sounds like "g". Add that to the silent "d" and "t" in Guimond/Guimont, and you can see how Jimmo could be a derivative.
The Guimond/Jimmo family is having their second reunion in Chatham, New Brunswick, 5-7 August 2005. The first one was five years ago I will be attending, along with my sister-in-law, Bernice Jimmo, and her son and his wife. If you're intrested, I'll send you the details. One of Bernice's sisters, Lillian Jimmo (b. 1909, d. 1993), married an Edmund Guimond. Both of Escuminac, New Brunswick. They had 12 children.
I found Bernice's grandfather, Louis Jimmo, on the 1891 and 1901 Canada/New Brunswick census. Judging by the ages he gave on these two census, he was born either in 1855 or 1857. He claimed he was born in New Brunswick and that his father was born in New Brunswick. Also that his racial origin was French, but could not speak French. Bernice confirms that none of them spoke French.
Bernice sent me a photocopy of the Jimmo Family Name History she bought years ago in Ireland from "The Historical Research Center." Here it is verbatum.
"The surname Jimmo is ultimately of French origin and of two distinct derivations. Firstly, it is an anglicized form the French surname Jumeau or Jumeau and derives from the French word "jumeau" meaning "twin", in turn, derived from the Latin element "gemelius". During the Middle Ages, when surnames first originated, it was a common practice to add to the name of a person a second descriptive name for better identification. This name would indicate a place of birth, father's name, occupation or sometimes a physical or personal characteristics of its bearer. Thus, in this case, the surname Jimmo/Jumeau originated to identify a child who had a twin brother or sister. The surname Jumeau/Jimmo may also derive from Jumeaux, the name of two locations found in Puy-de-Pome and Deux-Sevres. Thus, in this case, the surname Jimmo originated as a toponymic name to identify a person who was born in Jumeaux.
"Alternatively, the surname Jimmo is a variant of the French surname Jumont, derived from Jeumont, the name of a place lcoated in the north of France. Hence here, the name of a place located in the name to identify a person who was born in Jeumont. [Janet: note all the "t"'s are silent]
"References to this surname or to a variant are found registered in the Armorial General Richstap amongst the nobility of France and include a record of a family bearing the name of Jumont whose ancestral house was lcoated in the northern French region of Britany. This family were granted the title of counts on May 22nd, 1865.
"Blazon of Arms: Argent; three lions gules; armed langued and crowned or; a start in fess point of the seocnd.
Translation: Argent (white) signifies Peace and sincerity. Gules (red) denotes Magnanimity. Or (yellow) denotes Generosity.
Crest: A lion as in the arms.
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