The name Harmitt belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having 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 Harmitt family
The surname Harmitt was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Harmitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmitt 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 Harmitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harmitt Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Harmitt include Armit, Armitt, Ermit, Ermitt, Hermit, Heremite, Heremit, Armet, Armett, Armat, Ermite, Harmyt, Harmet and many more.
Early Notables of the Harmitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harmitt family to Ireland
Some of the Harmitt 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 Harmitt family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Harmitt were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Harmitt 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.