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Early Origins of the Armor family

The surname Armor was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Armundus (without surname) was listed as a tenant. [1] Armor was an occupational name as in 'the armourer,' one who made armour. [2] [3]

Other records of the name mention Gwydo le Armerer, who was registered in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273-1279. The same rolls found John Armourer in County Cambridge. [2] Later Simon Larmouorer was later registered in 1334. [3] Thomas Larmer was found in Lancashire in 1400. John Armourer was Mayor of Rising, Norfolk in 1343. [4]

To the north in Scotland, Adam le Armore and his wife Cunnore made a petition for redress against a distraint by the parson of Forde, Berwick. Simon le Armurer or Symon Larmeurer, a Scottish prisoner of war was held in Stirling Castle in 1305. Symon Armourer was bailie of Peeblesshire in 1329 and in 1337 John Armurer was one of the garrison of Edinburgh Castle. Symon Armourer was bailie of Forfar in 1361. This may be the same Simon Armurer who was party to an indenture or agreement with the inhabitants of Montrose in 1372. Robert Armorer who was bailie of Lanark in 1400 may be the Robert Armerer who held a tenement in Glasgow in 1497. [5]

Early History of the Armor family

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Armor Spelling Variations

Although the name, Armor, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Armour, Armor, Lamor, Lamour, Armer, Larmer, Aarmour, Larrimer, Armourer and many more.

Early Notables of the Armor family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Armorer of Cumberland; and Sir Nicholas Armorer (c.1620-1686), was a Royalist army officer during the English Civil...
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Armor Ranking

In the United States, the name Armor is the 18,831st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Armor family to Ireland

Some of the Armor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Armor migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Armor family name Armor, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Armor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Armor, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [7]
Armor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Armor (post 1700) +

  • Mary Elizabeth Harris Armor (1863-1950), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1924, 1928 [8]
  • G. Albert Armor (1907-1979), American Democratic Party politician, Member of California Democratic State Central Committee, 1942; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1944 [8]
  • David Armor, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 23rd District, 1982 [8]
  • John Armor Bingham, American lawyer and politician, Congressman from Ohio, and a judge in the trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination

The Armor 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: Cassis tutissima virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the safest helmet.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook