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Where did the Scottish Armstrong family come from? What is the Scottish Armstrong family crest and coat of arms? When did the Armstrong family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Armstrong family history?From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Armstrong family. The Armstrong surname is thought to come from the Middle English words "strong" and "arm," and has also been rendered in Gaelic as MacGhillielaidir.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Armstrong, Armstrang, Armestrang, Harmestrang and many more.
First found in Cumberland. This well known Border surname is derived from the Norman surname "Fortenbras" and is an instance of a surname assumed from a personal attribute, strength of arm. It is said that a Fairbairn, armour bearer to the King of Scotland, lifted the King back onto his horse with one arm, after the King had been unseated in battle. The King then granted him lands in Liddesdale and bestowed on him the name of Armstrong. Although this legend may be true in part, the Armstrongs were of greater nobility than armour bearers. Perhaps the earliest recorded record is of Adam Armstrong, who was pardoned at Carlisle in 1235 for causing the death of another man. William Armestrangh served on an inquisition in the same city in 1274.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armstrong research. Another 519 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1342, 1363, 1376, 1529, 1587, 1610, 1602, 1658, 1662, 1633, 1684, 1683 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Armstrong History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 239 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armstrong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Armstrong family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Armstrong Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Armstrong Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Armstrong Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Armstrong Settlers in the United States in the 20th 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: Invictus maneo
Motto Translation: I remain unvanquished.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Armstrong
Armestrang, Armstrang, Armstrong, Armystrang, Cozier, Cozzier, Crosar, Crosier, Crossar, Crossier, Croyser, Crozer, Crozier, Crozuer, Fairbain, Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbaorne, Fairbaourn, Fairbaourne, Fairbarn, Fairbarns, Fairbaurn, Fairbayrne, Fairbirn, Fairborn, Fairborne, Fairborns, Fairbourn, Fairbourne, Fairburn, Fairburns, Fairbyrne, Fairebain, Fairebairn, Fairebairns, Fairebaorne, Fairebaourn, Fairebarn, Fairebaurn, Fairebayrne, Fairebirn, Faireborne, Faireborns, Fairebourn, Fairebourne, Faireburn, Faireburns, Fairebyrne, Farebain and more.
The Armstrong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armstrong 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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