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The name Armes has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 when the culture from which this family sprang arrived on British soil. It was a name for a good friend or beloved one. The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis or Ami, which means friend.

Armes Early Origins



The surname Armes was first found in the county of Northumberland, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They originated from Exmes, a town in the department of Orne, in Normandy.

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Armes Spelling Variations


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Armes Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.

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Armes Early History


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Armes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armes research. Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1640, 1692, 1721, 1576, 1633, 1619, 1695, 1689, 1759, 1641, 1721 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Armes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Armes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Armes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ames (Latin: Guilielmus Amesius) (1576-1633), an English Protestant divine, philosopher, and controversialist; Henry Metcalfe Ames, of Lynden, Northumberland; Joseph Ames (1619-1695), an English naval commander from Norfolk who commanded several ships of war, and made repeated voyages to...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Armes or a variant listed above:

Armes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Armes, who arrived in Maryland in 1646
  • Fra Armes, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Roger Armes, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Michael Armes, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Susan Armes, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Armes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Armes, aged 39, a miller, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • John Dodd Armes, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Armes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Armes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Armes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Armes (post 1700)



  • Sybil Leonard Armes (1914-2007), American Baptist author and musician
  • Ethel Marie Armes (1876-1945), American journalist and historian
  • Julian "Jay" J. Armes (b. 1932), American amputee, private investigator, and actor
  • Don Armes (b. 1961), American politician, United States Republican from Oklahoma
  • Don Armes, American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 63rd District; Elected 2002
  • Samuel "Sammy" Armes (1908-1958), English footballer
  • Ray Armes (b. 1951), retired British auto racing driver

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Motto


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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: Fama candida rosa dulcior
Motto Translation: Fame is sweeter than the white rose.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Armes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armes 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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