Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Armestead, Armitstead, Armstead
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
Contact: Mrs Karen Burnell
The aim of the ARMISTEAD One-Name study is to collect family history data on the names ARMISTEAD, ARMITSTEAD, ARMSTEAD and to share this with others researching these names.
The study was started in 2008 in support of my own Armistead Family History research using information gathered since 2005 originally only in UK.
The objectives are to:
The name is uncommon but not rare.
Approximate totals of all variants in England and Wales censuses : -
In the 1850 American census there were about 740 white Armisteads, virtually all of whom appear to be descendants of the original emigrant in 1635. In the 1860 census there were already 900 Armisteads and by 1870 more than twice as many of European descent (2534) as in England and Wales and 1600 non European, presumably freed slaves taking the former owner's name.
In the England and Wales 1881 census the major clusters of the name are in Yorkshire and Lancashire. There are also a significant number in Westmorland with a smaller group in eastern counties (principally Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire) .
There have been Armisteads in London since at least seventeenth century including several citizens of different guilds but most appear to have Yorkshire roots . There are hardly any left in their heartland in the Yorkshire Dales
In the USA Armisteads remained concentrated in Virginia during most of the 19th century before spreading into most states.
During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries about 10 couples and a few single men emigrated to Australia and 3 couples to New Zealand
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