In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Ormerwoold surname 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 Ormerwoold family
The surname Ormerwoold 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 Ormerwoold family
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Ormerwoold Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ormerwoold are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ormerwoold include: Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
Early Notables of the Ormerwoold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormerwoold family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ormerwoold or a variant listed above: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.