Arms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Arms family

The surname Arms was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1150 when Walter Harm held the estates.

Early History of the Arms family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arms research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1327, 1797, 1455, 1487, 1704, 1759 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Arms History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arms Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Arms have been found, including Harm, Harme, Harmes, Harms, Armes, Arms, Arme and many more.

Early Notables of the Arms family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Eugene Aram (1704-1759), born in 1704, probably in September, at Ramsgill, Netherdale, Yorkshire. "His father was gardener to Sir Edward Blackett, of Newby; and after receiving the...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arms migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Arms, or a variant listed above:

Arms Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Arms, who landed in Maryland in 1646 [1]
  • William Arms, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1676 [1]

Australia Arms migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Arms Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Arms, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arms (post 1700) +

  • Willard B. Arms, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate, 1855-58, 1867-68 [3]
  • Martha Arms, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1944 [3]
  • Jena Beth Arms, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972 [3]
  • Clifford S. Arms, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 2nd District, 1869 [3]
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Seelye Arms (1893-1970), American Commanding General Replacement & Training Command (1945) [4]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Thomas Arms. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Arms/Thomas_Seelye/USA.html


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