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Where did the English Ormerod family come from? What is the English Ormerod family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ormerod family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ormerod family history?The name Ormerod is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in a clearing in a wood. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name Ormr and the Old English word rod, which meant "forest clearing." The name as a whole means "clearing of a man named Ormr." The original bearer lived in or near a clearing known by this name.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ormerod are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ormerod include: Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ormerod research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ormerod History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ormerod or a variant listed above: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.
The Ormerod Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ormerod 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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