Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hermestrang family. The Hermestrang surname is thought to come from the Middle English words "strong" and "arm," and has also been rendered in Gaelic as MacGhillielaidir.
Early Origins of the Hermestrang family
Cumberland. This well known Border surname is derived from the Norman surname "Fortenbras" and is an instance of a surname assumed from a personal attribute, strength of arm.
It is said that a Fairbairn, armour bearer to the King of Scotland, lifted the King back onto his horse with one arm, after the King had been unseated in battle. The King then granted him lands in Liddesdale and bestowed on him the name of Armstrong. Although this legend may be true in part, the Armstrongs were of greater nobility than armour bearers.
Perhaps the earliest recorded record is of Adam Armstrong, who was pardoned at Carlisle in 1235 for causing the death of another man. William Armestrangh served on an inquisition in the same city in 1274. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Hermestrang family
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Hermestrang Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Armstrong, Armstrang, Armestrang, Harmestrang and many more.
Early Notables of the Hermestrang family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hermestrang family to Ireland
Some of the Hermestrang family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hermestrang family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Avis Armstrong, who was on record in Connecticut in 1660; Edward Armstrong, who received a land patent in Maryland in 1666; Addam Armstrong, who came to Virginia in 1691.
The Hermestrang 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: Invictus maneo
Motto Translation: I remain unvanquished.
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