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The Olmstead name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Olmstead is derived from the Old French word ermite, which means hermit, and the Old English word stede, which means place. The name may also be an Anglicized form of the German surname Darmstädter, which is derived from the settlement of Darmstadt in Hesse, a former landgraviate of Germany.

Olmstead Early Origins



The surname Olmstead was first found in the counties of Cheshire in north western England where they held a family seat for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.

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Olmstead Spelling Variations


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Olmstead Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Olmstead has undergone many spelling variations, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

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Olmstead Early History


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Olmstead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olmstead research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Olmstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Olmstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Olmstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olmstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Olmstead were among those contributors:

Olmstead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Olmstead settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Richard Olmstead, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Nicholas Olmstead, who arrived in New England in 1637

Olmstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aaron Olmstead, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Sarah Olmstead who settled in New York state in 1825
  • T D Olmstead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E Olmstead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Olmstead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Olmstead Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Aaron Olmstead U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785, was a Blacksmith [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Olmstead U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Olmstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Olmstead (post 1700)



  • Tommy Olmstead, American politician, Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 1992-94
  • Theodore Olmstead, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wilton; Elected 1910
  • Samuel Baldwin Olmstead (1810-1878), American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Dubuque, Delaware, Black Hawk and Fayette counties, 1844
  • Robert H. Olmstead, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1899
  • Loren K. Olmstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1972
  • Joseph Olmstead Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1853
  • John W. Olmstead, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896
  • Jean L. Olmstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952
  • Jared Olmstead, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Redding, 1831
  • Hawley Olmstead, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 4th District, 1853
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Olmstead


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Suggested Readings for the name Olmstead



  • Justice & Umstead Families of Frederick County, Maryland, 1685-1974 by Palmer H. Cushman.
  • Anniversary Booklet: Olmsteads in America, 350th Anniversary.

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Motto


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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: Ever ready
Motto Translation: Always prepared


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Olmstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olmstead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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