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Harmitte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient history of the Harmitte name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Harmitte family


The surname Harmitte was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Harmitte family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmitte research.
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Harmitte Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Harmitte include Armit, Armitt, Ermit, Ermitt, Hermit, Heremite, Heremit, Armet, Armett, Armat, Ermite, Harmyt, Harmet and many more.

Early Notables of the Harmitte family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Harmitte family to Ireland


Some of the Harmitte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harmitte family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harmitte 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 Harmitte 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.


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