Ormerode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Ormerode comes from the family having resided 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 Ormerode family

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

Important Dates for the Ormerode family

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

Ormerode Spelling Variations

Ormerode has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.

Early Notables of the Ormerode family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ormerode family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ormerodes to arrive on North American shores: 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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