Ormston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ormston surname is a habitational name, taken on from a place name, such as Ormiston in Roxburgh, or Ormiston, in East Lothian.

Early Origins of the Ormston family

The surname Ormston was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ormston family

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Ormston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ormiston, Ormeston, Orneston, Ormieston, Wormyston and many more.

Early Notables of the Ormston family (pre 1700)

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United States Ormston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ormston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Ormston, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [1]
  • Ralph Ormston, who settled in Maryland in 1798
  • Ralph Ormston, who landed in Maryland in 1798 [1]
Ormston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Ormston, who arrived in New York, NY in 1831 [1]
  • Richard Ormston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

Australia Ormston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ormston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Ormston, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ormston (post 1700) +

  • William Ormston (1895-1950), British cyclist who competed in the men's tandem event at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Richard Jeremy Ormston (b. 1961), British Archdeacon of Northampton (2014-)
  • John Glaholme "Jack" Ormston (1909-2007), English Speedway rider from West Cornforth who finished runner-up in the Star Riders' Championship in 1935
  • Dean Ormston, British born comic book artist, best known for his work on the British comic 2000 AD and for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint
  • Arthur Ormston (b. 1900), English association footballer, who played for eight different clubs in the Football League (1920-1932)
  • Alexander "Alec" Ormston (1919-1975), English footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke City\
  • Mrs. Yvonne Armstrong Ormston M.B.E., British Chief Executive for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Healthcare in North East England [3]
  • William Ormston Backhouse (1885-1962), English agriculturalist and geneticist


The Ormston 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: Felicior quo certior
Motto Translation: Luckier as it is surer.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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