Armson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Armson family

The surname Armson was first found in Lincolnshire where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Osgooby, held by Odo the Bishop of Bayeux, the King's half brother who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The parish Silk Willoughby in Lincolnshire was an ancient family seat for the family. "The manor was possessed by Sir William Armyn, at first keeper of the privy seal and vice-chancellor to Edward II., and afterwards lord chancellor, and bishop of Norwich; it remained in the family until 1662." [1]

Important Dates for the Armson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armson research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1401, 1510, 1600, 1190, 1603, 1593, 1651, 1621, 1651, 1622, 1658, 1651, 1658, 1646, 1676, 1610, 1570 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Armson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Armson Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Armine, Armyne, Airmine, Airmyne, Airmin, Ermine, Ermyne, Armyn, Armyne, Ermyn, Ayrmine and many more.

Early Notables of the Armson family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Airmine, 1st Baronet (1593-1651), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1651; Sir William Airmine (1622-1658), 2nd Baronet of Osgodby (1651-1658), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons (1646-53), son of Sir William Airmine, 1st Baronet; and Lady Mary Armine, Airmine or Armyne (died 1676), a learned English gentlewoman and benefactor. She was "remarkable for her learning, piety, and benevolence, [and]...
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Armson migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Armson or a variant listed above:

Armson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl A. Armson, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Frank Armson, aged 6, who settled in America from Southampton, in 1896
  • Alice Armson, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1897
  • Fred Armson, who immigrated to the United States from Eckington, in 1899
Armson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • August Armson, aged 40, who arrived at Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., in 1910
  • Ellen Armson, aged 63, who immigrated to the United States from Walkden, England, in 1914
  • Charles Armson, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Armson (post 1700)

  • William Barnett Armson (1832-1883), London-born, English architect, surveyor, engineer in colonial New Zealand, co-founder of the Canterbury Association of Architects

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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