Omstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Omstead name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Omstead is derived from the Old French word ermite, which means hermit, and the Old English word stede, which means place. The name may also be an Anglicized form of the German surname Darmstädter, which is derived from the settlement of Darmstadt in Hesse, a former landgraviate of Germany.

Early Origins of the Omstead family

The surname Omstead was first found in the counties of Cheshire in north western England where they held a family seat for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.

Important Dates for the Omstead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Omstead research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Omstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Omstead Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Omstead were recorded, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

Early Notables of the Omstead family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Omstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Omstead family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Omstead family emigrate to North America: Joseph Armistead who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1775; Charity Armstead settled in Maryland in 1774; Hannah Armstead came to New England in 1780; James Olmstead settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632.

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