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Exmes is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Exmes (chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays d'Exmes
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Georges Guérin
Area1 10.43 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 309
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Hiémois
INSEE/Postal code 61157 / 61310
Elevation 145–268 m (476–879 ft)
(avg. 317 m or 1,040 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Exmes [ɛm] is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. It was the seat of the county of Hiémois (French: Comté d'Hiémois), granted before his death in 1027 by Richard II, Duke of Normandy to his younger son, Robert, who eventually succeeded as duke of Normandy. In 1136, Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Pembroke led an expedition against Exmes and burned parts of the town, including the church of Notre Dame.

Herbert de Losinga, Bishop of Norwich (c. 1095–1119) was born in Exmes.


Arms of Exmes
The arms of Exmes are blazoned :
Azure, 2 greyhounds passant argent.

See also


According to other sources, Exmes was the place of origin (after 1066 and the Battle of Hastings) of persons named (or later named) Amis, which name was later corrupted to various forms, including Amos. The name Amos is quite prevalent in the county of Kent (United Kingdom) around the Canterbury region.

(French Translation: please feel free to edit) Selon d'autres sources, Exmes était l'endroit d'origine (après que 1066 et de la Bataille de Hastings) des personnes appelées (ou a appelé plus tard) Amis, que le nom a été plus tard corrompu aux formes différentes, en incluant Amos. Le nom Amos est tout à fait qui prévaut dans le comté de Kent (le Royaume-Uni) autour de la région de Cantorbéry.