Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Armisted is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived near or at a hermit's cell.
The surname Armisted 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 Armisted family
The surname Armisted 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 Armisted family
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Armisted Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Armisted has been spelled many different ways, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.
Early Notables of the Armisted family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Armisted family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Armisted Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Susannah Armisted, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
- Sarah A. Armisted, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
- Mary E. Armisted, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
- Martha Armisted, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
- Amelia Armisted, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Armisted (post 1700)
- William Armisted Burwell (1780-1821), American congressman and presidential secretary from Virginia
The Armisted 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