Learmonth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Learmonth family

The surname Learmonth was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Learmonth family

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Learmonth Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Learmonth occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Learmont, Learmonth, Learmond, Leirmonth, Larmonth, Lermont and many more.

Early Notables of the Learmonth family (pre 1700)

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United States Learmonth migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Learmonth, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Learmonth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • B Learmonth, aged 21, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • Euphemia Learmonth, aged 23, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]

Australia Learmonth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Learmonth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Learmonth, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Learmonth (post 1700) +

  • Charles C. Learmonth, eponym of RAAF Learmonth, of Western Australia
  • Noel Fulford Learmonth (1880-1970), Australian author, historian and naturalist
  • Major Okill Massey Learmonth VC (1894-1917), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War [2]
  • Sir James Learmonth Gowans CBE, FRS, FRCP (1924-2020), British physician and immunologist, he assisted at the liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a voluntary medical student

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. George Seaton Learmonth, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]


The Learmonth 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: Spero
Motto Translation: I hope.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM). (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Okill Learmonth. Retrieved from http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=465893
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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