David, Not offended Sir, just asense that you were being a 'tad' pedantic..
The reference appertaining to name Armistead was found in a very old document during my many days of research in archives situated in London, England (Where I was born and did reside for some sixty year's. I then moved on to the University town of Cambridge, England). The reference was set out as follows..(Armistead) 'Dweller by or at the Hermitage'. (oFr) old French, Ermite.. And (oE) old English, Sted 'Place'.. I would also refer you to The American Heritage Dictionary, The 'Oxford English Dictionary', and others.. Hermite. Ermite... Middle English Hermite, from old French....From Medieval LatinHeremitia... From late Latin Eremita... From Greek Eremites... From Eremia, Desert...From Eremos, Solitary.. I am in no doubt that you know the English language is an amalgam of Roman/Latin/ Italian/Greek/German/French and Gaelic, with further contributions from ancient tribes within the British Isles, along with many others. The English Language continues to change to this present day, with new words constantly being submitted and added to the contents of the Oxford English Dictionary. And, as you are well aware, the spelling and pronunciation of some English words also differ in the USA, as they do in other English speaking Country's. In fact, the English language is a 'mongrel'.One can play with the words,'Until the cow's come home' (old English term).
My ancestry is made up as follows. Mothers family. Lidsey, a derivative of the family surname Lidje which emanates from the South of England,and believed to be of Norman origin. I have traced my mothers family back to the year 1250. My Harris root's are from old English and Irish stock. The name Harris also originates from the old Norman,Le Herice..The name came to England shortly after the Norman conquest..The first record of the name was found in Derbyshire, where they were granted land's by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD..The name means, son of the estate, or property ruler..
the Normans were commonly believed to be of French origin but more accurately, they were of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D.,under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Jarl, Thorbinn Rollo, they invaded France 870 A.D.. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Duke William who invaded and defeated England in 1066, was descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy..