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Where did the Irish Ormond family come from? What is the Irish Ormond family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ormond family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ormond family history?

The Ormond surname came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century, led by the forces of Strongbow. The surname came from a common occupational name for a wine steward or the chief servant of a medieval household. In royal households, the title denoted a high-ranking officer whose duties as a wine steward were merely nominal. Occupational surnames, such as Ormond were much quite common to the Anglo-Norman culture, and virtually unknown in Gaelic Irish. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname Ormond is derived from Anglo-French "butuiller," which comes from the Old French word "bouteillier." These words are ultimately derived from the Latin words "buticularius," and "buticula," which mean "bottle." The Gaelic form of the surname Ormond is de Buitléir.


Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Ormond included: Butler, Buttler, McRichard and others.

First found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and north Tipperary). The first on record was Theobald FitzWalter, a distinguished Norman noble who accompanied Strongbow and was created the Chief Butler of Ireland in 1177. His descendents began to use the surname around the year 1220. His direct descendant became Earl of Ormond in 1328 and their stronghold was Kilkenny castle. The family were rivals of the powerful Fitzgeralds and their kin, and the effective government of Ireland was held by one or the other of these two great Norman houses until the death of the Great Duke of Ormond in 1688. Many members of the family were ardent Jacobites, including the Abbé James Butler of Nantes, who was chaplain to "Bonnie Prince Charlie" during the last Jacobite uprising of 1745.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ormond research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1359, 1405, 1382, 1391, 1386, 1384, 1392, 1401, 1388, 1389, 1397, 1390, 1467, 1539, 1496, 1546, 1531, 1614, 1601, 1653, 1650, 1627, 1667, 1652, 1740, 1704 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Ormond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 535 words(38 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ormond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Ormond:

Ormond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Ormond, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • John Ormond, aged 16, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Ormond Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ormond, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast

Ormond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Ormond arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann" in 1853
  • John Ormond arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Patrick Ormond, aged 45, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Constance" in 1862
  • Matthew Ormond, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Janet Ormond, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864


  • Ron Ormond (1910-1981), American author, showman, screenwriter, film producer, and film director
  • William 'Willie' Esplin Ormond (1927-1984), OBE, was a Scottish football player and manager
  • Iain Ormond, former football player who represented New Zealand at international level
  • Julia Karin Ormond (b. 1965), English actress
  • Bert Ormond, former football player who represented New Zealand at international level
  • Francis Ormond (1827-1889), Scottish-born Australian pastoralist, member of the Parliament of Victoria and philanthropist
  • James Ormond (b. 1977), English cricketer
  • Duncan Ormond, former football player who represented New Zealand at international level
  • Vicki Ormond (b. 1982), association football player who represented New Zealand
  • John Ormond (1923-1990), Welsh poet and filmmaker



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