Ormsbay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ormsbay family 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Ormsbay family
The surname Ormsbay 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ormsbay family
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Ormsbay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Ormsby, Ormesby and others.
Early Notables of the Ormsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormsbay family to Ireland
Some of the Ormsbay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ormsbay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ormsbay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Ormsbay, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
- Biddy Ormsbay, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
The Ormsbay 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.