Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Garmston was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person of German descent, or a person who was associated with that country through trade or other means. Another derivation of the name suggests that it derives from the Old French given name Germain. This name was borne by a popular French saint from the 5th century, and also meant of the same stock, or related to. Garmston is a classic example of an polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Garmston family
Essex where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Garmston family
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Garmston Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Garmston are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Garmston include German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Garmston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garmston family to Ireland
Some of the Garmston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Garmston family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Garmston, or a variant listed above: Thomas German who landed in Maryland in 1654; John German settled in Pennsylvania, with his wife Margaret, and two daughters, in 1683; Thomas German settled in Maryland in 1660.
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