Armstrong (surname)

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Armstrong
Faimily name
MeaninSon o strang man
Region o originScotland

Armstrong is a surname o the Mairches oreegin. It derives frae a Middle Inglis elkname which meant someane wi strang airms. In Ireland the name wis adoptit as a Anglicization o twa Gaelic names frae Ulster: Mac Thréinfhir (meanin "son o the strang man") an Ó Labhraidh Tréan (meanin "strang O'Lavery").[1] Clan Armstrong is a clan frae the border aurie atween Ingland an Scotland.[2] The Scots Armstrong is reputit tae hae been oreeginally bestoued bi "a antient (sic) keeng o Scotland" upon "Fairbairn, his armour-bearer" follaeing a act o strenth in battle.[3]

Frae the name Ó Labhraidh Tréan (meanin "strang O'Lavery" an sometimes written in Anglo-Erse as "Tréanlámagh") the follaein surnames survive: "Trainor", Traynor", O'Lavery", "McLavery", an "MacLavery". Awtho the name "Armstrong" is quite common in the Aghagallon an Glenavy aurie o Coonty Antrim in Northren Ireland, the ither names are tae be foond athin the 9 Ulster Coonties an Scotland, especially alang the wast coast.

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  1. "Dictionary of American Family Names". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 Juin 2011.
  2. Dobson, David (2003), The Scottish Surnames of Colonial America (Google Book), Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, pp. 4–5, ISBN 0-8063-5209-4, OCLC 52732092, retrieved 1 Januar 2012
    Additional OCLC records exist for same book.
  3. Lower, Mark Antony (1844), "Historical Surnames", Essays on family nomenclature, historical, etymological and humorous: with chapters of rebuses and canting arms, the roll of Battel abbey, a list of latinized surnames, &c., &c. (Google Book), Essays on English Surnames (2nd ed.), London: John Russell Smith, p. 212, OCLC 674415725, retrieved 1 Januar 2012