The history of the Almstead family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near or at a hermit's cell.
The surname Almstead 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 Almstead family
The surname Almstead 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
in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.
Early History of the Almstead family
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Almstead Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Almstead include Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.
Early Notables of the Almstead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Almstead family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Almstead or a variant listed above: 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.
The Almstead Motto
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: Ever ready
Motto Translation: Always prepared