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Where did the English Orlando family come from? What is the English Orlando family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orlando family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orlando family history?

The name Orlando is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Horlands, that can be traced to numerous places round England, including Harland Edge in Derbyshire and Harland Wood in Sussex. This surname was originally derived from the Old English words har and land, which means that the original bearers of the surname lived in the land that was infested with hares.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Orlando are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Orlando include: Harland, Hoarland, Hoareland, Hoorland, Hooreland, Horland, Horlands, Harlin, Harlind and many more.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orlando research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1208, 1235, 1330, 1411, 1384, 1425, 1500 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Orlando History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orlando Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Orlando family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Orlando or a variant listed above:

Orlando Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miguel Orlando, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

Orlando Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Vincent Orlando, who landed in New York in 1909


  • Tony Orlando (b. 1944), born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis, American singer, best known for his time with the group "Tony Orlando and Dawn" with hit hit songs "Candida", "Knock Three Times", and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
  • Joe Orlando (1927-1998), Italian American illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist
  • Angelo Orlando (b. 1965), Italian professional football coach and a former player
  • Muriel Orlando (b. 1989), Argentine footballer
  • Alessandro Orlando (b. 1970), retired Italian professional football player who represented Italy at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Massimo Orlando (b. 1971), Italian professional football coach and a former player who played from 1986 to 2001
  • Gaetano "Gates" Orlando (b. 1962), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey who played for the Italy National Team (1992-1998) and for the Buffalo Sabres (1984-1985)
  • Alberto Orlando (b. 1938), Italian former footballer who played from 1957 to 1969, member of the Italy National Team (1962-1965)
  • Leoluca Orlando (b. 1947), Italian politician, Mayor of Palermo (2012-)
  • Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1860-1952), Italian diplomat, five-time Prime Minister of Italy between 1892 and 1921


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: Per juga per fluvius
Motto Translation: Through precipices and torrents.


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The Orlando Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orlando 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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