Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ormrold is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Ormrold family
The surname Ormrold 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 Ormrold family
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Ormrold Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ormrold has been spelled many different ways, including Ormerod, Omerod, Omrod, Ormrod and others.
Early Notables of the Ormrold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormrold family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ormrolds to arrive in North America: George and Thomas Omrod, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880 and 1840 respectively.