The ultimate origins of this name appear to be Nordic, where Orme derives from the Old Norse word "Ormr," meaning "Serpent" or "Dragon." It is certainly not unlikely that the name came to Normandy
with the Viking invasions of Rollo in 911, and then making its way to Britain with the Norman invasion
of 1066. The name also existed in France, coming from the Old French "orme," which meant "an elm tree." It also likely that some of the instances of Ormshaw in Britain were as a result of Danish, and Swedish contact along the Eastern shores of England
Early Origins of the Ormshaw family
The surname Ormshaw was first found in Lancashire
where the family claim descent from the parish of Ormskirk. "Ormskirk is not found in the Domesday survey; but, according to very credible tradition, the parish belonged to Orm, the Saxon proprietor of Halton, who, driven from his possessions in Cheshire
, established himself in Lancashire
, and, by his marriage with Alice, daughter of Herveus, a Norman nobleman, ancestor of Theobald Walter, obtained large estates in this county. He was the founder, no doubt, of the church; the word kirk, with his own name, constituting the name of the parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ormshaw family
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Ormshaw Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Ormshaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormshaw family to Ireland
Some of the Ormshaw family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ormshaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Fabian Orme, who settled in Maryland in 1668; Richard Orme, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1686; Robert Orme, who settled in Maryland in 1673; Andrew Orme, who came to Virginia in 1765.