Armstrong Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
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Origins of Armstrong:
The surname of Armstrong can be traced back to the Norman Conquest of 1066. However, this surname itself came from a rare surname known as “Forten Bras” which can be translated to literally mean “strong in the arm.” The Forten Bras were given land grants following the Conquest of 1066. It is said that the Armstrong people were a clan who hailed from Scotland, and were constantly at war for either the English or the Scottish. These people were largely regarded as being strong.
More common variations are: Aramstrong, Armestrong, Armstorong, Armstrong, Armistrong, Armsstrong, Armastrong, Armostrong, Armstrrong, Armstrong
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Armstrong was found in the country of Scotland. One person, who was documented as being named as Adam Armstrong, was named as a murderer in the year of 1235. Within the area of Carlisle, Adam Armstrong was put in prison, but later pardoned for his crime. This false accusation was created and pardoned under the reign of one King Alexander II of Scotland, who ruled from the year 1214 to the year 1249. Other mentions of the surname of Armstrong in the country of Scotland include another criminal, one Sir Thomas Armstrong, who was a monarchist that had fallen foul of Judge Jefferys, and was thus executed in the year of 1684, and Kinmont Willie Armstrong who was a pirate, and seized by the Scottish government, and whose fate was deemed unknown. The surname of Armstrong was found throughout the country of Scotland, and can be found in high concentrations throughout the country.
In the country of England, the surname of Armstrong was also popular. It was said that the Armstrong’s of Scotland and the Armstrong’s of England were always at war. The first recorded spelling of the surname of Armstrong within the country of England was in the year of 1342. It is recorded that one Richard Harmestrang made a loan to King David of Scotland, who ruled from the year 1329 to the year 1371. Other mentions of the surname of Armstrong within the country of England include one William Armstrong, who served as the steward of the King, and the ambassador to England in 1363. Those who bear the surname of Armstrong in the country of England can be found in the areas of England that border the country of Scotland. Two of these areas that boast a large population of people who bear the surname of Armstrong include the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland.
United States of America:
During the 1600’s, it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search of a better life. This migration of people was referred to as the European Migration, also referred to as The Great Migration. The first person to land in the United States of America who bore the surname of Armstrong was one Katherin Armstrong, who arrived in the United States of America in the year of 1635. Those who bear the surname of Armstrong in the United States can be found in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and in California.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Armstrong: United States 151,242; England 33,147; Canada 25,899; Australia 19.418; South Africa 10,794; Nigeria 8,100; Northern Ireland 4,602; Scotland 4,522; New Zealand 3,588; Ghana 3,195
William “Bill” Lester Armstrong (1937-2016) who was a politician and a business man from America who also severed as a United States Senator from the state of Colorado from the year 1979 to the year 1991
Theodore Robert “Bob” Armstrong (1933-2016) who was a basketball player from America whose career was active from the year 1956 to the year 1957 and who played for the Philadelphia Warriors
Robert “Bob” Landis Armstrong (1932-2015) who was a politician from America and who was also an environmental activist and also served as the 24th Commissioner of the General Office from the year 1971 to the year 1983 as well as serving as a Member of the Texas state House of Representatives from the year 1963 to the year 1971
David Armstrong (1954-2014) who was a photographer from America who did most of his work in New York
James Isbell Armstrong (1919-2013) who was an academic from America who served as the president of Middlebury College from the year 1963 to the year 1975
Robert Golden Armstrong Jr. (1917-2012) who was a playwright and actor from America
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Parknowe, Scotland). Motto—Invicta labore. Az. a fesse or, betw. two arms armed couped at the shoulder ar. Crest—An arm issuing out of a cloud holding a club ppr.
2) (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire). Gu. three dexter arms vambraced ar. hands ppr. Crest—A dexter arm vambraced in armour, the hand ppr.
3) (Sir Richard Armstrong, knt. of Lincoln, col. in the army, and C.B.). Arms, &c. as preceding, the hand of the crest holding a leg in armour couped at the thigh ppr.
4) Sa. three dexter arms conjoined at the shoulders and flexed in triangle or, turned up (or cuffed) ar. the hands clenched ppr.
5) Ar. three torteaux.
6) (Bart, of Gallen Priory, King’s Co.). Motto—Invictus manco. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. issuing from the sinister side a dexter arm habited gu. the hand grasping the trunk of an oak tree eradicated and broken at the top ppr.; 2nd and 3rd, ar. three pallets az. Crest—An armed arm embowed, the hand grasping the broken trunk of an oak tree eradicated all ppr.
7) (Willow Bank, co. Clare). Motto—In Deo robur meus. (Rev. Benjamin John Armstrong, M.A., vicar of East Dereham, co. Norfolk). Motto—Vi et armis. (Ballycumber, Clara, Ireland). (Hemsworth, co. York). Motto—Vi et armis. Gu. three arms in armour vambraced hands ppr. Crest—An arm vambraced. ppr.
8) (Ballyard, King’s Co.). Gu. three dexter arms vambraced ppr. the fists closed. Crest—An armed arm holding a broken tilting spear ppr.
9) (Termonfechan, co. Louth). Motto—Invictus maneo. Per pale, gu. and vert three dexter armed arms couped at the shoulders and embowed the hands clenched ppr. Crest—Out of a mural coronet or, an armed arm embowed the hand grasping an oak tree eradicated ppr.
10) (Mangerton, co. Roxburgh). Ar. three pallets az. Crest—An arm from the shoulder armed ppr.
11) (Whittoch, co. Roxburgh). Motto—Invictus maneo. Ar. three pallets sa. Crest—An arm from the shoulder gu.