Olmsted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Olmsted family

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 of England in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.

Important Dates for the Olmsted family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olmsted research. Another 106 words (8 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.

Olmsted Spelling Variations

Olmsted has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

Early Notables of the Olmsted family (pre 1700)

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Olmsted migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Richard Olmsted, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632 [1]
Olmsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D. Olmsted, who settled in New York in 1822
  • Fredk. L. Olmsted, aged 22, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Olmsted migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olmsted Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alec I. Olmsted, aged 6, who immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1909
  • Ellen Olmsted, aged 55, who immigrated to Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Olmsted (post 1700)

  • Major-General George Hamden Olmsted (1901-1998), American Assistant Commanding General 103rd Division (1946-1947) [2]
  • Thomas Olmsted (b. 1947), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Francis Allyn Olmsted (1819-1844), American author, son of Denison Olmstead
  • Denison Olmsted (1791-1859), American physicist and astronomer from East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957), American landscape architect, co-founder of The Olmsted Brothers company, an influential landscape design firm, step-son of Frederick Olmstead
  • John Charles Olmsted (1852-1920), American landscape architect, co-founder of The Olmsted Brothers company, an influential landscape design firm, step-son of Frederick Olmstead
  • Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), American journalist, social critic, public administrator, and landscape designer, considered to be the father of American landscape architecture
  • Arthur G. Olmsted, American politician, First Selectman of East Hartford, Connecticut, 1899 [3]
  • Allen S. II Olmsted, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [3]
  • Aaron Olmsted (d. 1813), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1812-13 [3]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) George Olmsted. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Olmsted/George_Hamden/USA.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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