The name Olmstedd is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near or at a hermit's cell.
The surname Olmstedd 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 Olmstedd family
The surname Olmstedd 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.
Early History of the Olmstedd family
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Olmstedd Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Olmstedd has been spelled many different ways, including Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.
Early Notables of the Olmstedd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Olmstedd family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Olmstedds to arrive in North America:
Olmstedd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Olmstedd, who landed in New England in 1632 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Olmstedd 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