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Armstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Armstead family


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.

Early History of the Armstead family


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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.

Early Notables of the Armstead family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Armstead family to the New World and Oceana


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 settled 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)

Armstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Armstead, aged 30, originally from Eunislymom, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Queenstown, Ireland [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZM-FMD : 6 December 2014), John Armstead, 21 Sep 1899; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Brid Armstead, aged 30, originally from Eunislymom, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Queenstown, Ireland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZM-FM6 : 6 December 2014), Brid Armstead, 21 Sep 1899; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Armstead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Armstead, aged 17, originally from Kilworth, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Campania" from Queenstown, Ireland [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5C-RJS : 6 December 2014), Mary Armstead, 26 Sep 1908; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Henry Armstead, aged 49, originally from Femperley, England, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64W-7QM : 6 December 2014), William Henry Armstead, 02 Oct 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Fred Armstead, aged 50, originally from Hindley, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68C-CTT : 6 December 2014), Fred Armstead, 12 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Mary A. Armstead, aged 49, originally from Hindley, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Liverpool, England [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J669-9MD : 6 December 2014), Mary A. Armstead, 24 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Armstead (post 1700)


  • Timothy P. Armstead (b. 1965), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2004; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates; Elected 2010; Elected unopposed 2012 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Henry A. Armstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1920, 1924 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Clara Lincoln Armstead, American Democrat politician, Associate Secretary of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1964, 1967 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [9]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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Armstead 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


  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZM-FMD : 6 December 2014), John Armstead, 21 Sep 1899; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZM-FM6 : 6 December 2014), Brid Armstead, 21 Sep 1899; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5C-RJS : 6 December 2014), Mary Armstead, 26 Sep 1908; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64W-7QM : 6 December 2014), William Henry Armstead, 02 Oct 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68C-CTT : 6 December 2014), Fred Armstead, 12 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J669-9MD : 6 December 2014), Mary A. Armstead, 24 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2014, April 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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