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The name Armstead has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Armstead 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.

Armstead Early Origins



The surname Armstead 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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Armstead Spelling Variations


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Armstead 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 Armstead have been found, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

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Armstead Early History


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Armstead Early History



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

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Armstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Armstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



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 Armstead, or a variant listed above:

Armstead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charity Armstead, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Hannah Armstead, who setted in New England in 1780
  • John Armstead, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Armstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Armstead (post 1700)



  • James "Jimmie" Armstead (1919-2006), African-American baseball outfielder and pitcher in the Negro Leagues from 1938 to 1949
  • Tim Armstead (b. 1965), American Republican politician, Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2014, April 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Armond Armstead (b. 1990), American NFL defensive tackle for the New England Patriots
  • Willie Armstead (b. 1952), American CFL slotback and wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders (1976-1982)
  • Josephine "Jo" Armstead (b. 1944), American soul singer and songwriter, co-writer of the Ray Charles' hits "Let's Go Get Stoned" and "I Don't Need No Doctor"
  • Ray "Ricky" Armstead (b. 1960), American gold medalist sprinter at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Jessie Willard Armstead (b. 1970), American NFL football linebacker
  • Jason Armstead (b. 1979), American-born CFL football kick returner and wide receiver
  • Izora Armstead (1942-2004), American pop singer
  • David Armstead, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1993-98; Candidate in primary for Arizona State Senate 23rd District, 1998 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2014, April 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Armstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armstead 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.

This page was last modified on 14 June 2016 at 18:34.

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