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The name Armitstead is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Armitstead 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.

Armitstead Early Origins



The surname Armitstead 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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Armitstead Spelling Variations


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Armitstead Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Armitstead were recorded, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

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Armitstead Early History


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Armitstead Early History



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

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Armitstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Armitstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Armitstead family emigrate to North America:

Armitstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Armitstead, aged 55, originally from Leeds, arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX4Z-1W1 : 6 December 2014), Alfred Armitstead, 26 Jun 1897; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Armitstead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Alice Armitstead, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJGP-PJ3 : 6 December 2014), Mary Alice Armitstead, 27 Oct 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Robert Armitstead, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from London, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN6S-SZ9 : 6 December 2014), Robert Armitstead, 06 Sep 1923; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Armitstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Armitstead (post 1700)



  • Sydney Henry Armitstead (1837-1912), English cricketer
  • William George Armitstead (1833-1907), English cricketer who played for Oxford University (1853-1857), Marylebone Cricket Club in 1864, Manchester in 1852 and Gentlemen of the North in 1862
  • Elizabeth Mary "Lizzie" Armitstead (b. 1988), birth name of Elizabeth Mary Deignan, English cyclist, five-time medalist at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2009 and 2010
  • John Armitstead (1868-1941), English clergyman, Archdeacon of Macclesfield (1932–1941)
  • George Armitstead (1824-1915), 1st Baron Armitstead, born in Latvia, son of an English jute merchant, a British businessman, philanthropist and politician, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Sophie Armitstead (b. 1994), Australian rules footballer who plays for the Adelaide Football Club (2017-)
  • George Armitstead (1847-1912), 4th Mayor of Riga, Latvia (1901-1912); his uncle was George Armitstead, 1st Baron Armitstead

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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: Ever ready
Motto Translation: Always prepared


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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX4Z-1W1 : 6 December 2014), Alfred Armitstead, 26 Jun 1897; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJGP-PJ3 : 6 December 2014), Mary Alice Armitstead, 27 Oct 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN6S-SZ9 : 6 December 2014), Robert Armitstead, 06 Sep 1923; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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