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Heremite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Heremite comes from the family having 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 Heremite family


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

Early History of the Heremite family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heremite 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 Heremite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heremite Spelling Variations


Heremite has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Armit, Armitt, Ermit, Ermitt, Hermit, Heremite, Heremit, Armet, Armett, Armat, Ermite, Harmyt, Harmet and many more.

Early Notables of the Heremite family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Heremite family to Ireland


Some of the Heremite 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 Heremite family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Heremites to arrive on North American shores: 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 Heremite 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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