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The ancestors of the bearers of the Umstead family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found near or at a hermit's cell. The surname Umstead is derived from the Old French word ermite, which means hermit, and the Old English word stede, which means place. The name may also be an Anglicized form of the German surname Darmstädter, which is derived from the settlement of Darmstadt in Hesse, a former landgraviate of Germany.

Umstead Early Origins



The surname Umstead was first found in the counties of Cheshire in north western England where they held a family seat for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, by Duke William of Normandy.

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Umstead Spelling Variations


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Umstead 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 Umstead include Armistead, Armitstead, Armystead, Armstead, Olmstead, Ormstead, Ampstead and many more.

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Umstead Early History


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Umstead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Umstead research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Umstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Umstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Umstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Umstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Umstead or a variant listed above:

Umstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C Umstead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Umstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Umstead (post 1700)



  • William Bradley Umstead (1895-1954), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1933-39; North Carolina Democratic State Chair, 1945; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1946-48
  • L. E. Umstead, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 1st District, 1908
  • John Wesley Umstead (1844-1926), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature
  • J. H. Umstead, American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1903
  • George H. Umstead, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 2nd District, 1897-98
  • Fred Umstead, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 2nd District, 1940, 1944
  • Danelle D’Aquanni Umstead (b. 1972), American alpine skier and Paralympian
  • William Bradley Umstead (1895-1954), American Senator, the 63rd Governor of North Carolina (1953 to 1954), eponym of William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina

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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: Ever ready
Motto Translation: Always prepared


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Umstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Umstead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 11:49.

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