Orpin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Orpin family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Orpin family lived in Norfolk. The name, however, is a reference to Erpen, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Orpin family

The surname Orpin was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Orpin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orpin research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orpin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Orpin Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Orpin were recorded, including Orpen, Orbin, Erpen, Arpen, Orpingham, Orpington, Orpin and many more.

Early Notables of the Orpin family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Orpin family to Ireland

Some of the Orpin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Orpin migration to Canada +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Orpin arrived in North America very early:

Orpin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Orpin, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Samuel Orpin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Martin Orpin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Orpin migration to Australia +

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

Orpin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ben Orpin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [1]
  • George Orpin, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]

The Orpin 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: Veritas vincit
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers.

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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