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Where did the English Armitage family come from? What is the English Armitage family crest and coat of arms? When did the Armitage family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Armitage family history?The name Armitage first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the county of Yorkshire in eastern England. Records show that most, if not all of the bearers of the surname can be traced back to a family living at Hermitage Bridge in Almondbury, near Huddersfield in the 13th century.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Armitage has appeared include Armitage, Hermitage, Ermytache, Ermitage, Armitach, Hermitack, Armitack and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armitage research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1662, 1850 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Armitage History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armitage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Armitage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Armitage arrived in North America very early:
Armitage Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Armitage Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Armitage Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.
The Armitage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armitage Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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