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

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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. larmore occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Armour, Armor, Lamor, Lamour, Armer, Larmer, Aarmour, Larrimer, Armourer and many more.

First found in Berwickshire on the English Scottish border where they held a family seat for many, many centuries.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larmore research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1686 and 1659 are included under the topic Early larmore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early larmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the larmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name larmore, or a spelling variation of the surname include: James Armour settled in New England in 1685; followed by Jane in 1820; John Armour settled in New Castle County Delaware in 1855; Joseph, Robert, and Thomas, settled in 1822.

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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: Cassis tutissima virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the safest helmet.

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The larmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The larmore 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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