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Early Origins of the Army family

The surname Army 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]

Early History of the Army family

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Army Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Army has been recorded under many different variations, including Armine, Armyne, Airmine, Airmyne, Airmin, Ermine, Ermyne, Armyn, Armyne, Ermyn, Ayrmine and many more.

Early Notables of the Army family

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 Engli...

United States Army migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Armys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Army Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Army, aged 35, who landed in Virginia in 1622 aboard the ship "Furtherance" [2]
  • Tho Army, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
Army Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Army, aged 32, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1854 [2]
  • Jerry Army, aged 26, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Ocean Queen" in 1866 [3]
  • Hawetter Army, aged 16, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Furnessia" in 1889 [3]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 9th February 2023. Retrieved from on Facebook