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Where did the English Arms family come from? What is the English Arms family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arms family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arms family history?

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Arms have been found, including Harm, Harme, Harmes, Harms, Armes, Arms, Arme and many more.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1150 when Walter Harm held the estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arms research. Another 166 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1327, 1455, 1487, and 1797 are included under the topic Early Arms History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Arms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Arms, or a variant listed above:

Arms Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Arms, who landed in Maryland in 1646
  • William Arms, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1676

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The Arms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arms 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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