The ancestors of the name Ermite date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ermite family lived in Yorkshire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Literally, the name meant the dweller at the hermitage.
Early Origins of the Ermite family
The surname Ermite was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ermite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ermite research.Another 457 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1255, 1273, 1273, 1379, 1526, 1549, 1751, 1768, 1801, 1785, 1790, 1795 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Ermite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ermite Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ermite are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ermite include: Armit, Armitt, Ermit, Ermitt, Hermit, Heremite, Heremit, Armet, Armett, Armat, Ermite, Harmyt, Harmet and many more.
Early Notables of the Ermite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ermite family to Ireland
Some of the Ermite family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ermite family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ermite or a variant listed above: Richard Armitt, who sailed to America in 1700; Sarah Armitt to Philadelphia in 1702; John Armitt to Philadelphia in 1736; and Sam Armott to Boston in 1769..
The Ermite 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: Fortis in arduis
Motto Translation: Brave in difficulties.