Omrod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Omrod is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a clearing in a wood. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name Ormr and the Old English word rod, which meant "forest clearing." The name as a whole means "clearing of a man named Ormr." The original bearer lived in or near a clearing known by this name.

Early Origins of the Omrod family

The surname Omrod was first found in Lancashire where the first recorded ancestor was Matthew de Hormerodes, living about 1270. [1]

Important Dates for the Omrod family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Omrod research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1793 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Omrod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Omrod Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Omrod family name include Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.

Early Notables of the Omrod family (pre 1700)

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Omrod migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Omrod surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Omrod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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