Armour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Armour family

The surname Armour was first found in Berwickshire on the English Scottish border where they held a family seat for many, many centuries.

Early History of the Armour family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armour research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1686 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Armour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Armour Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Armour occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Armour, Armor, Lamor, Lamour, Armer, Larmer, Aarmour, Larrimer, Armourer and many more.

Early Notables of the Armour 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...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Armour family to Ireland

Some of the Armour family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Armour 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 illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Armour, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Armour Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Armour, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [1]
  • James Armour, who settled in New England in 1685
Armour Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Armour Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Armour, aged 12, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Mary Armour, aged 45, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Eliza Armour, aged 15, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Jane Armour, who settled in New England in 1820
  • Joseph, Robert, and Thomas Armour, who settled in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Armour migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Armour Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Armour Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Armour, aged 46 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Progress" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 8th July 1847 [3]

New Zealand Armour 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:

Armour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Armour, aged 36, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ellen Armour, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Armour, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ellen Armour, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Mr. William Armour, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Armour (post 1700) +

  • W. M. Armour, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from McDowell County, 1948 [5]
  • Robert B. Armour, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Memphis, Tennessee, 1893-97 [5]
  • Norman Armour (1887-1982), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Chile, 1938-39; Argentina, 1939-44; Spain, 1945; Venezuela, 1950-51; Guatamala, 1954-55 [5]
  • R. M. Armour, American politician, Mayor of Great Falls, Montana, 1921-23 [5]
  • Morris Armour, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1932 [5]
  • Molly Armour, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [5]
  • Mike Armour, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 2002 [5]
  • J. W. Armour, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1913 [5]
  • Herman Ossian Armour (1837-1901), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896 [5]
  • George Armour, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1876 [5]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Armour 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Armour +

  • 3973 "A Brief Visit with the Old Folks" by George Taylor.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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