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The Anglo-Saxon 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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olmsted Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Olmsted Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
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
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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