Show ContentsOrman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Orman surname came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century, led by the forces of Strongbow. The surname came from a common occupational name for a wine steward or the chief servant of a medieval household. In royal households, the title denoted a high-ranking officer whose duties as a wine steward were merely nominal. Occupational surnames, such as Orman were much quite common to the Anglo-Norman culture, and virtually unknown in Gaelic Irish. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname Orman is derived from Anglo-French "butuiller," which comes from the Old French word "bouteillier." These words are ultimately derived from the Latin words "buticularius," and "buticula," which mean "bottle." The Gaelic form of the surname Orman is de Buitléir.

Early Origins of the Orman family

The surname Orman was first found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and north Tipperary). The first on record was Theobald FitzWalter, a distinguished Norman noble who accompanied Strongbow and was created the Chief Butler of Ireland in 1177. "He also possessed the barony of Amounderness, Lancashire, which he held in 1165 by service of one knight." [1]

"Layton, [Lancashire] is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, and in former times was of some importance as containing a mansion belonging to the ancient family of Botiller or Butler, barons of Warrington." [2] His descendents began to use the surname Butler around the year 1220. His direct descendant became Earl of Ormond in 1328 and their stronghold was Kilkenny castle. The family were rivals of the powerful Fitzgeralds and their kin, and the effective government of Ireland was held by one or the other of these two great Norman houses until the death of the Great Duke of Ormond in 1688.

Many members of the family were ardent Jacobites, including the Abbé James Butler of Nantes, who was chaplain to "Bonnie Prince Charlie" during the last Jacobite uprising of 1745. Despite the strong Irish side of the family, the English side remained strong too. Laughton-En-Le-Morthen in the West Riding of Yorkshire was the site of one such family. "Laughton Hall, the ancient seat of the Butler family, is a spacious mansion, commanding extensive views." [2]

Early History of the Orman family

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Orman Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes and church officials often spelled the name Orman as it sounded to them. As a result, the name Orman, over the ages, has attained many spelling variations including Butler, Buttler, McRichard and others.

Early Notables of the Orman family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (1359-1405), noble in the Peerage of Ireland, title was Governer of Ireland, acceded to the title in 1382 and built Gowran Castle three years later making it his usual residence, purchased Kilkenny Castle (1391) by deed from Sir Hugh le Despencer, Earl of Gloucester and Isabel his wife, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, built the castle of Dunfert (also called Danefort) and in 1386 founded a Friary of minorities at Ailesbury in Buckinghamshire, deputy to Sir Philip deCourtenay the then Lieutenant of Ireland (1384), appointed Lord...
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Orman Ranking

In the United States, the name Orman is the 8,806th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Orman migration to the United States +

In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Orman:

Orman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Orman, aged 22, who arrived in America in 1822 [4]
  • James Orman, who landed in New York in 1835 [4]
  • Audre Orman, aged 30, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [4]
Orman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Albert Orman, aged 0, who settled in America from Maidstone, England, in 1907
  • Alfred Orman, aged 25, who landed in America from Bantley, England, in 1907
  • Ella Orman, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • Elkie Orman, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Pinsk, Poland, in 1921
  • Boris Orman, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1923
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New Zealand Orman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Orman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Allan Orman (Omond), British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Orman (post 1700) +

  • Ward Van Orman (1894-1978), American engineer, inventor and balloonist
  • Suze Orman (b. 1951), American financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, and television host
  • James Bradley Orman (1849-1919), American politician and railroad builder
  • Susie Van Orman (1891-1968), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1929 [6]
  • F. Harold Van Orman (1885-1958), American Republican politician, Hotelier; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1925-29; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1932, 1936 (alternate) [6]
  • Orman O. Aydlott, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 4th District, 1950 [7]
  • Orman L. Stanley, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State Senate 3rd District, 1919-20 [8]
  • Orman C. Stanley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1932 [8]

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Alan J. Orman (1946-1996), from New Hyde Park, New York, USA, American teacher flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [9]

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