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Early Origins of the Ermen family

The surname Ermen 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

One branch "was of Yorkshire origin, and has been traced to one Sewal de Armyne, stated to be the grandfather of Richard and William de Ayreminne, the well-known ecclesiastics of the fourteenth century." 2

William de Ayreminne or Ayermin (d. 1336) was "Bishop of Norwich, [and] was descended from an ancient family settled at Osgodby, Lincolnshire. He was the eldest of three brothers, of whom Richard obtained many ecclesiastical offices, and Adam became Archdeacon of Norfolk. " 2

Richard de Ayreminne or Ayermin (d. 1340?) was Chancellor of the dioceses of Norwich and Salisbury and was a younger brother of William de Ayreminne, Bishop of Norwich. 2

Early History of the Ermen family

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Ermen Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ermen family name include Armine, Armyne, Airmine, Airmyne, Airmin, Ermine, Ermyne, Armyn, Armyne, Ermyn, Ayrmine and many more.

Early Notables of the Ermen 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 English politician who sat in the House of Commons (1646-53), son of Sir William Airmine, 1st Baronet (1593-1651.) Lady Mary Armine, Airmine or Armyne (died 1676), was a learned English gentlewoman and benefactor. She was "remarkable for her learning, piety, and benevolence...
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Migration of the Ermen family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ermen family to immigrate North America: Alice Armson, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island from London, in 1897; August Armson, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island from Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., in 1910.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook