The present generation of the Ormerould family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in a clearing in a wood. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian
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.
where the first recorded ancestor was Matthew de Hormerodes, living about 1270.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ormerould research.Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1793 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Ormerould History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ormerould include Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ormerould were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.