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Ormond Coat of Arms / Ormond Family Crest

Ormond Coat of Arms / Ormond Family Crest

The surname of ORMOND was derived from the Gaelic O'Ruaidh (a name meaning red). The fact that this sept is found in the Ormond country is coincidental. In the latter part of the sixteenth century, an influx of settlers arrived under the patronage of Elizabeth I of England, and colonized the country beyond the 'Pale', the area around Dublin that was the only part firmly under English control. At the same time, groups of Presbyterian settlers were encouraged to migrate from Scotland to Ulster, thus establishing the distinctively Scottish surnames of Ulster. During the long centuries of English domination, Irish surnames were crudely Anglicized either phonetically or by translation. In the 19th century, political repression and famine combined to force many Irish people to seek other countries in which to live. Large numbers emigrated to the United States, where strong emotional ties to Ireland are still preserved in many families, while others found themselves transported, willingly or otherwise, to Australia, often after having first tried to make a living in England. Irish surnames are now very widely dispersed, and are common in England as well as in Ireland, the United States and Australia. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Ballyneal, County Waterford. Granted in 1733 to Thomas Butler of Seville in Spain ' a celebrated trader ' descended from Butler Pierce, 5th son of Theobald, 4th Butler of Ireland and brother of Edmund, Earl of Carrick, the father of the first EARL OF ORMONDE.) Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.


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last updated on: September 13 2018

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