Show ContentsOrmiston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ormiston surname is a habitational name, taken on from a place name, such as Ormiston in Roxburgh, or Ormiston, in East Lothian.

Early Origins of the Ormiston family

The surname Ormiston was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ormiston family

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Ormiston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ormiston, Ormeston, Orneston, Ormieston, Wormyston and many more.

Early Notables of the Ormiston family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Alan Ormiston of Old Melrose

Ormiston Ranking

In the United States, the name Ormiston is the 18,059th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Ormiston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ormiston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Ormiston who settled in Georgia in 1754
Ormiston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Ormiston, who arrived in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Adam Ormiston, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Ormiston (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Ormiston (1878-1937), Scottish Unionist Party Member of Parliament
  • Major James A Ormiston MBE TD DL, HM Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
  • Irving William Leonard Ormiston (1895-1969), rugby union player who represented Australia
  • Susan Ormiston (b. 1959), Canadian television journalist, currently a correspondent for CBC Television's The National
  • James Norris Ormiston (1915-1977), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Ross William Ormiston (b. 1955), New Zealand cricketer
  • Mr. Hew Ormiston Chalmers M.B.E. (b. 1953), Scottish Director, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Olympic Sport [3]

The Ormiston 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: Felicior quo certior
Motto Translation: Luckier as it is surer.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook