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Origins of the Armstrong surname

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What does the name Armstrong mean?

The origin of the Armstrong surname is Anglo-Scottish, coming from the border region between the two countries. The name itself derives from a nickname, those who have 'strong arms' and their lineage. The Armstrong Clan came from this same border region and many who followed them also took their name to show their allegiance.

Alternative variations of the name Armstrong

Armstrong, Armstronge, Armstrang, Armestrong, Amstrong

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Where do most Armstrongs live?

In 1921, most Armstrongs lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Armstrongs

How common is your surname?

140th most common surname in the UK

We have 230,000 records for the Armstrong surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Armstrongs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Armstrong first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Armstrongs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Armstrongs in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant




Common Male occupations for Armstrongs in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer


General Labourer




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