Armisted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include some of the first listings of the family: Laurencius del Armetsted; Johannes de Armetstede who both held lands there at that time.  
"This has been a Yorkshire surname for five centuries at least." 
Later in Norfolk we found William Armistead, was vicar of Berwick Parva, Norfolk in 1587. 
Early History of the Armisted family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armisted research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1618, 1645, 1726, 1676, 1680, 1693, 1696, 1699, 1783, 1845, 1780, 1818, 1812, 1817, 1863 and 1863 are included under the topic Early Armisted History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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)
Notables of the family at this time include Captain Anthony Armistead (1645-1726), British Justice of the Peace in the British Colony and Dominion of Virginia. He was born in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, the son of William Armistead. He assisted Sir William Berkeley's courts-martial in 1676 to try the Bacon insurgents and was a justice of the peace and Captain of Horse in 1680. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1693, 1696, 1699. He married Hannah Ellyson and had five children; the...
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| Armisted migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
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 nineteenth-century Virginia politician and planter who served as presidential secretary and as a Democratic-Republican in the United States House of Representatives and the Virginia House of Delegates
- William Armisted Burwell (1780-1821), American congressman and presidential secretary from Virginia
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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- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print