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Where did the Scottish Armstrong family come from? What is the Scottish Armstrong family crest and coat of arms? When did the Armstrong family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Armstrong family history?From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Armstrong family. The Armstrong surname is thought to come from the Middle English words "strong" and "arm," and has also been rendered in Gaelic as MacGhillielaidir.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Armstrong, Armstrang, Armestrang, Harmestrang and many more.
First found in Cumberland. This well known Border surname is derived from the Norman surname "Fortenbras" and is an instance of a surname assumed from a personal attribute, strength of arm. It is said that a Fairbairn, armour bearer to the King of Scotland, lifted the King back onto his horse with one arm, after the King had been unseated in battle. The King then granted him lands in Liddesdale and bestowed on him the name of Armstrong. Although this legend may be true in part, the Armstrongs were of greater nobility than armour bearers. Perhaps the earliest recorded record is of Adam Armstrong, who was pardoned at Carlisle in 1235 for causing the death of another man. William Armestrangh served on an inquisition in the same city in 1274.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Armstrong Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Katherin Armstrong, who arrived in America in 1635
- Gregory Armstrong, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1643
- Margarett Armstrong, who landed in Maryland in 1650
- Fra Armstrong, who landed in Virginia in 1652
- Geo Armstrong, who landed in Virginia in 1654
Armstrong Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christiann Armstrong, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710
- David Armstrong, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1717
- David Armstrong, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1717
- John William Armstrong, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1717
- Rufus Armstrong, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1717
Armstrong Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mathw Armstrong, aged 23, landed in Delaware in 1803
- Joseph Armstrong, who landed in America in 1803
- Chas Armstrong, who landed in New York, NY in 1803
- Alexander Armstrong, aged 29, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
- Alexr Armstrong, aged 29, arrived in America in 1803
Armstrong Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Robert Armstrong, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908
- William Smith Armstrong, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1918
Armstrong Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Andrew Armstrong, who was constable of the Ferryland district, Newfoundland, in 1730
- Christopher Armstrong, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1774
- Mr Al Welch Armstrong, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Edwardsburgh [Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr Edward Armstrong, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783 order in council May 12, 1808
- Mr Jesse Armstrong, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783
Armstrong Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Armstrong, who arrived in Canada in 1823
- Jane Armstrong, who landed in Canada in 1823
- Janny Armstrong, who arrived in Canada in 1823
- Margaret Armstrong, who arrived in Canada in 1823
- Rebecca Armstrong, who landed in Canada in 1823
Armstrong Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Armstrong "Charles Johnston", aged 18, Irish convict from Tyrone, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on August 24, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Armstrong, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- John Armstrong, a plasterer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Armstrong, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
- Veronica Armstrong, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
Armstrong Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Armstrong landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Armstrong arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
- Aurora Armstrong, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
- Martha Armstrong arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Douglas Armstrong, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
- Lance Armstrong (b. 1971), born Lance Edward Gunderson, American former cyclist and cancer survivor who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, but was later stripped of his titles because of doping
- Neil Alden Armstrong (1930-2012), former NASA astronaut, first person to set foot on the moon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Louis Satchmo Armstrong (1900-1971), American jazz musician
- Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890-1954), American electrical engineer
- Henry Jackson Armstrong (1912-1988), American boxer
- J. Scott Armstrong (b. 1937), American author, forecasting and marketing expert
- Anne Legendre Armstrong (1927-2008), American diplomat, politician, first female Counselor to the President, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Brigadier-General Clare Hibbs Armstrong (1894-1969), American Military Attaché to Belgium (1946-)
- Brigadier-General Donald Armstrong (1889-1984), American Commandant Army Industrial College (1944-1946)
- Lieutenant-General Frank Alton Jr. Armstrong (1902-1969), American Commander-in- Chief of the Alaskan Command, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska (1956-1961)
- Ancestry Descendants of Daniel F. Armstrong and Sarah Nutter by Evelyn Crawford Fenton.
- Armstrong Ancestry: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert R. Armstrong by John Edward Armstrong.
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: Invictus maneo
Motto Translation: I remain unvanquished.
|Armstrong Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Armstrong
Armestrang, Armstrang, Armstrong, Armystrang, Cozier, Cozzier, Crosar, Crosier, Crossar, Crossier, Croyser, Crozer, Crozier, Crozuer, Fairbain, Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbaorne, Fairbaourn, Fairbaourne, Fairbarn, Fairbarns, Fairbaurn, Fairbayrne, Fairbirn, Fairborn, Fairborne, Fairborns, Fairbourn, Fairbourne, Fairburn, Fairburns, Fairbyrne, Fairebain, Fairebairn, Fairebairns, Fairebaorne, Fairebaourn, Fairebarn, Fairebaurn, Fairebayrne, Fairebirn, Faireborne, Faireborns, Fairebourn, Fairebourne, Faireburn, Faireburns, Fairebyrne, Farebain and more.
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- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
- Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
The Armstrong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armstrong 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.
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