The ancestors of the name Ormerwoode date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Ormerwoode family
The surname Ormerwoode was first found in Lancashire
where the first recorded ancestor was Matthew de Hormerodes, living about 1270. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Ormerwoode family
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Ormerwoode Spelling Variations
Ormerwoode 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. Many variations of the name Ormerwoode have been found, including Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
Early Notables of the Ormerwoode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormerwoode family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ormerwoodes to arrive on North American shores: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.