Orme History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ultimate origins of this name appear to be Nordic, where Orme derives from the Old Norse word "Ormr," meaning "Serpent" or "Dragon." It is certainly not unlikely that the name came to Normandy with the Viking invasions of Rollo in 911, and then making its way to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. The name also existed in France, coming from the Old French "orme," which meant "an elm tree." It also likely that some of the instances of Orme in Britain were as a result of Danish, and Swedish contact along the Eastern shores of England and Scotland.

Early Origins of the Orme family

The surname Orme was first found in Yorkshire where Orm was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]In Lancashire, the Pipe Rolls of 1169 list Orm de Hedoc. [2] Here, the family claim descent from the parish of Ormskirk. "Ormskirk is not found in the Domesday survey; but, according to very credible tradition, the parish belonged to Orm, the Saxon proprietor of Halton, who, driven from his possessions in Cheshire, established himself in Lancashire, and, by his marriage with Alice, daughter of Herveus, a Norman nobleman, ancestor of Theobald Walter, obtained large estates in this county. He was the founder, no doubt, of the church; the word kirk, with his own name, constituting the name of the parish." [3]

Later in Derbyshire, Orum was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1175 and later again, John Orm was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. In Suffolk, Augustin Orumme was found in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included entries for Alice filius Orme, Cambridgeshire and William Orm, Nottinghamshire. [4] the Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. listed Orme de Neville, Lincolnshire, 20 Edward I and Ormus Archebrgge, Westmorland.

Early History of the Orme family

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Orme Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Orme, Orm and others.

Early Notables of the Orme family (pre 1700)

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Orme Ranking

In the United States, the name Orme is the 11,007th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Orme family to Ireland

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United States Orme migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orme Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Fabian Orme, who settled in Maryland in 1668
  • Fabian Orme, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [6]
  • Robert Orme, who settled in Maryland in 1673
  • Robert Orme, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [6]
  • Richard Orme, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1686
Orme Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Orme, who settled in Virginia in 1765
Orme Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Orme, who arrived in New York, NY in 1824
  • Charles Orme, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Charles Orme, who landed in New York in 1838 [6]
  • James Henry Orme, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [6]
  • George, John, Joseph, Nathanial, and William Orme, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Orme migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Orme Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Orme, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Orme, (b. 1826), aged 22, English mill wright who was convicted in Knutsford (Nether Knutsford), Cheshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1875 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Orme (post 1700) +

  • George Orme (1891-1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • William W Orme (1832-1866), American Brigadier General
  • Denise Orme (1885-1960), stage name for Kessie Smither, English music hall singer
  • Robert Orme (1728-1801), English historian, son of an Indian army doctor
  • Daniel Orme (1766-1802), English painter
  • Mr. William Orme, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1690 to 1691
  • Nicholas Orme, British historian, Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University
  • Geoffrey Orme (1904-1978), British screenwriter, best known for his work on Doctor Who
  • Stanley Orme (1923-2005), Baron Orme, British Labour Party politician
  • Brigadier-General Milton Orme Boone (1891-1985), American Commanding General California Quartermaster Depot (1942-1946) [9]

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Sydney Orme (b. 1919), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. James William Orme, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Milton Boone. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Boone/Milton_Orme/USA.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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