Ormerwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ormerwood is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived 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 Ormerwood family

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

Important Dates for the Ormerwood family

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Ormerwood Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ormerwood has been recorded under many different variations, including Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.

Early Notables of the Ormerwood family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ormerwood family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ormerwood or a variant listed above: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.

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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