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The ancestors of the name Armistead date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Armistead 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.

Armistead Early Origins



The surname Armistead 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.

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Armistead Spelling Variations


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Armistead Spelling Variations



Armistead has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

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Armistead Early History


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Armistead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armistead research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Armistead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Armistead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Armistead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armistead 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Armisteads to arrive on North American shores:

Armistead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Armistead, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Armistead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Armistead who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1775

Armistead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Armistead, who landed in New York in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Armistead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Armistead (post 1700)



  • William Martin Armistead (1873-1955), American advertising executive credited with inventing the modern style of advertising
  • Samuel G. Armistead (b. 1927), American ethnographer, ling Uist, folklorist, historian and Professor Emeritus of Spanish and critic of literature
  • Rex Armistead (b. 1930), American private detective and former Mississippi state police officer
  • Lewis Addison Armistead (1817-1863), Confederate brigadier general in the American Civil War who died after Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • George Armistead (1780-1818), American commander of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812
  • Walker Keith Armistead (1785-1845), Chief of Engineers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1818 to 1821
  • H. B. Armistead, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1884; Secretary of State of Arkansas, 1893-96
  • George D. Armistead, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at San Antonio, Texas, 1914-21
  • Dan Armistead, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Charles S. Armistead (1914-1997), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1959-60, 1965-68
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Ever ready
Motto Translation: Always prepared


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 18 January 2016 at 11:31.

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