The name Ormrod is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in a clearing in a wood. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal nameOrmr 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.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ormrod family name include Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.