The name Hormesbey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hormesbey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hormesbey family lived in Lincolnshire
. The name, however, is a reference to Orme, Normandy
. The family anciently claim decent from "the house of De Bayeux of Normandy. Roger de Bayhus, or Bayeux de Ormsby made grants at Ormsby to Osney Abbey, Oxford, as did Reginadl Bayhus." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Hormesbey family
The surname Hormesbey was first found in Lincolnshire
at North Ormsby where the first record of the family was found. " A monastery for nuns and brethren of the Sempringham order, was founded here in the time of Stephen (reign 1092-1154), by William, Earl of Albemarle, and Gilbert, son of Robert de Ormesby." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hormesbey family
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Hormesbey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ormsby, Ormesby and others.
Early Notables of the Hormesbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hormesbey family to Ireland
Some of the Hormesbey family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hormesbey family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hormesbey name or one of its variants: Richard Ormesby, who came to Maine in 1630; as well as George, Catherine, James, John, Joseph, Robert and William Ormsby, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Hormesbey 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 qui prudens
Motto Translation: He is brave who is prudent.