Ormesbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Ormesbey family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire. The name, however, is a reference to Orme, Normandy. The family anciently claim decent from "the house of De Bayeux of Normandy. Roger de Bayhus, or Bayeux de Ormsby made grants at Ormsby to Osney Abbey, Oxford, as did Reginadl Bayhus." 
Early Origins of the Ormesbey family
The surname Ormesbey was first found in Lincolnshire at North Ormsby where the first record of the family was found. " A monastery for nuns and brethren of the Sempringham order, was founded here in the time of Stephen (reign 1092-1154), by William, Earl of Albemarle, and Gilbert, son of Robert de Ormesby." 
Early History of the Ormesbey family
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Ormesbey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ormsby, Ormesby and others.
Early Notables of the Ormesbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormesbey family to Ireland
Some of the Ormesbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ormesbey family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ormesbey or a variant listed above were: Richard Ormesby, who came to Maine in 1630; as well as George, Catherine, James, John, Joseph, Robert and William Ormsby, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
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The Ormesbey Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortis qui prudens
Motto Translation: He is brave who is prudent.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.