The name Hormerwoold first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in a clearing in a wood. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name Ormr
and the Old English word rod,
which meant "forest clearing." The name as a whole means "clearing of a man named Ormr." The original bearer lived in or near a clearing known by this name.
Early Origins of the Hormerwoold family
The surname Hormerwoold was first found in Lancashire
where the first recorded ancestor was Matthew de Hormerodes, living about 1270. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Hormerwoold family
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Hormerwoold Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Hormerwoold has appeared include Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
Early Notables of the Hormerwoold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hormerwoold family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hormerwoold arrived in North America very early: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.