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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 settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Hannah Armstead came to New England in 1780
  • John Armstead, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

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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
  • 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"
  • 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
  • Clara Lincoln Armstead, American Democrat politician, Associate Secretary of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1964, 1967
  • Henry A. Armstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1920, 1924
  • 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
  • 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.)

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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



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. 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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