Ormsbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ormsbee was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ormsbee 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Ormsbee family

The surname Ormsbee 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." [2]

Early History of the Ormsbee family

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Ormsbee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ormsbee have been found, including Ormsby, Ormesby and others.

Early Notables of the Ormsbee family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ormsbee family to Ireland

Some of the Ormsbee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Ormsbee migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ormsbee were among those contributors:

Ormsbee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ormsbee, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Ormsbee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Allen T. Ormsbee, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • Helen Ormsbee, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Mary Ormsbee, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Etta G. Ormsbee, aged 61, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Earl Ormsbee, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ormsbee (post 1700) +

  • Ebenezer Jolls Ormsbee (1834-1924), American teacher, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Vermont (1886-1888), 34th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1884-1886), Member of the Vermont State Senate (1878-1879)
  • Caleb Ormsbee (1752-1807), American architect; he designed at least two U.S. National Historic Landmarks: Nightingale-Brown House, Providence, Rhode Island; and Thomas P. Ives House, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Chief Machinist's Mate Francis Edward "Frank" Ormsbee Jr. (1892-1936), American naval aviator during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for bravery

The Ormsbee 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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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