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name Olmsted comes from the family having resided near or at a hermit's cell.
The surname Olmsted 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
The surname Olmsted 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
in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.
Olmsted has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olmsted research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Olmsted History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olmsted Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Olmsteds to arrive on North American shores:
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Olmsted, who landed in Massachusetts in 1632
- Richard Olmsted, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- D. Olmsted settled in New York in 1822
- Fredk. L. Olmsted, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
- Charles James Olmsted, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1895
- E. F. Olmsted, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1896
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Cornelia Olmsted, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- F. H. Olmsted, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1906
- Florence Olmsted, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1908
- Frederich Lynde Olmsted, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1910
- Elizabeth R. Olmsted, aged 39, who emigrated to America, in 1910
Olmsted Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Alec I. Olmsted, aged 6, who emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1909
- Ellen Olmsted, aged 55, who emigrated to Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada, in 1913
- W. G. Olmsted, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1922
- Solomon Olmsted, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1825
- Ruth A. Olmsted, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972
- Philo H. Olmsted, American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, 1833-34, 1838-40
- Mary Seymour Olmsted (b. 1919), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, 1975-79; Solomon Islands, 1978-79
- Marlin Edgar Olmsted (1847-1913), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1897-1913; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1908
- Mary L. Olmsted, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972
- Louise Olmsted, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1948
- Jonathan Olmsted, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1812-13, 1816-17
- Hawley Olmsted, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wilton, 1825-26, 1828-29
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 readyMotto Translation:
- 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).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- 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.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
The Olmsted Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olmsted 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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