Origin of the Name Armstrong
The ancient history of the name Armstrong
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Armstrong
include Armstrang. The progenitor of this powerful Clan was Fairbairn, an aritour bearer of the King of Scotland . He went to the assistance of his King when in battle, and was wounded in the thigh. For his noble deed the King granted him lands on the borders and gave him the name Armstrong. The Armstrongs were numerous and warlike and held their border lands, chiefly in Liddesdale, with ease. The principle branch of the Clan, was the Armstrongs of Gilnockie. In the sixteenth century John Armstrong of Gilnockie was captured through a plan of King James V, and was hanged at Carlingrigg, with many of his followers.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Armstrong is also an occasional anglicized form of several Gaelic names that are more usually anglicized as Traynor and Lavery.
The Armstrong coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Armstrong descendants.