- James OLMSTEAD III
“The name OLMSTEAD means a place or town by the green oaks, from holm, an oak, and stead, a place.” Holme indicates low lands on a river, an island, such as Stockholm, in Scandinavia. The family name was variously spelled in early times, with or without an "a", also appearing in the forms of Holmsted, Elmsted, Almested, its Saxon meaning being, the place of elms.
Under William the Conqueror a survey was made in 1086 of some of the lands he had acquired by his victories. In the “Domesday Book,” for the County of Essex, there appears the earliest mention of the family name, in a description of the Manor of Almesteda, originally held by Robert Fitz Wilmarc. It is a place remarkable for its growth of trees, especially of the elm variety, and is situated in the parish of Elmsted, in the Hundred of Tendring, Essex.
The coat-of-arms here shown is that used by the Olmsted Family Association of America. Other coats-of-arms borne by ancient branches of the family, with
Olmstead Coat of Arms various crests and mottoes are described in the Olmsted Genealogy, compiled by Henry King Olmsted, in which also appear many interesting things about this family, and from which we quote liberally.
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