The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Amsted come from when the family resided near or at a hermit's cell.
The surname Amsted 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 Amsted family
The surname Amsted 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 Amsted family
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Amsted Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Amsted has been recorded under many different variations, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.
Early Notables of the Amsted family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amsted family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Amsted or a variant listed above:
Amsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antonio Amsted, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Amsted 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