The earliest origins of the name Salmond date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Solomon. Patronymic
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic
surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local
language. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Early Origins of the Salmond family
The surname Salmond was first found in Cumberland
. The manor of Salmons in Caterham, county Surrey
is known to have belonged temp.
Edward III to Roger Saleman. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Salmond family of Waterfoot, Cumberland
are or French origin, one of their ancestors having fled to England
during the persecutions of the Huguenots.
Early History of the Salmond family
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Salmond Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Salmond include Salmon, Salman, Salmond, Samon and others.
Early Notables of the Salmond family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Salmond family to Ireland
Some of the Salmond family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Salmond family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Salmond or a variant listed above:
Salmond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Salmond, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Salmond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Salmond, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Salmond (post 1700)
- Dame Mary Anne Salmond DBE, FRSNZ, FBA, FNZAH (b. 1945), New Zealand historian, anthropologist and writer
The Salmond 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: Optima sapientia probitas
Motto Translation: Probity is the best wisdom.