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Armstrong (surname)

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Meaning  Son of a strong man
Region of origin  Scotland

Armstrong is a surname of Scottish borders origin. It derives from a Middle English nickname which meant someone with strong arms. In Ireland the name was adopted as an Anglicization of two Gaelic names from Ulster: Mac Thréinfhir (meaning "son of the strong man") and Ó Labhraidh Tréan (meaning "strong O'Lavery"). Clan Armstrong is a clan from the border area between England and Scotland. The Scottish Armstrong is reputed to have been originally bestowed by "an antient (sic) king of Scotland" upon "Fairbairn, his armour-bearer" following an act of strength in battle.


From the name Ó Labhraidh Tréan (meaning "strong O'Lavery" and sometimes written in AngloIrish as "Tréanlámagh") the following surnames survive: "Trainor", Traynor", O'Lavery", "McLavery", and "MacLavery". Although the name "Armstrong" is quite common in the Aghagallon and Glenavy area of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, the other names are to be found within the 9 Ulster Counties and Scotland, especially along the west coast.

Disambiguation of common names with this surname

  • Alexander Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Brad Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Charles Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Chris Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Craig Armstrong (disambiguation) several people:
  • David Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Edward Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Gary Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • George Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Harry Armstrong or Henry Armstrong, several people
  • Ian Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • James Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Joe Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • John Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Joseph Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Martin Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Richard Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Robert Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Samuel Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • Thomas Armstrong (disambiguation), several people
  • Tim Armstrong (disambiguation) several people
  • William Armstrong (disambiguation) several people:
  • Arts and letters

  • Alun Armstrong (actor), English actor
  • Anton Armstrong, American choral conductor and professor
  • Billie Joe Armstrong, American vocalist of Green Day
  • Beth Diane Armstrong, South African sculptor
  • Campbell Armstrong, a Scottish writer
  • Curtis Armstrong, American actor
  • Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong, better known as Dido, British pop singer
  • Frankie Armstrong, English vocalist
  • Gillian Armstrong, Australian film director
  • Heather Armstrong, aka Dooce, American writer
  • Helen Maitland Armstrong, American stained glass artist
  • Jeannette Armstrong, Canadian writer
  • Jerome Armstrong, American journalist
  • Karen Armstrong, English author
  • Kelley Armstrong, Canadian author
  • Kerry Armstrong, Australian actor
  • Louis Armstrong (1901–1971), American jazz musician
  • Maitland Armstrong (1836–1918), American artist and diplomat
  • Margaret Neilson Armstrong, book designer, illustrator, and writer
  • Mick Armstrong, Australian socialist and author
  • Paige Armstrong, American Christian singer-songwriter
  • Peter Armstrong, English poet
  • Randy Armstrong, Musical Artist
  • Samaire Armstrong, American actor
  • The Armstrong Twins, bluegrass and country music act in the 1940s and '50s
  • Vaughn Armstrong, American actor
  • Politics and government

  • Cornelius W. Armstrong (1827–after 1872), New York politician
  • Ernest Armstrong (1915–1996), a British Labour Party politician.
  • Hilary Armstrong, British politician
  • Ward Armstrong, American politician from Virginia
  • Religion

  • Annie Armstrong (1850–1938) American missionary leader
  • Garner Ted Armstrong (1930–2003), American evangelist, son of Herbert W. Armstrong
  • Herbert W. Armstrong (1892–1986), American evangelist, father of Garner Ted Armstrong
  • Science and technology

  • Edwin Armstrong, full name Edwin Howard Armstrong, (1890–1954), American electrical engineer and inventor of FM radio
  • Mark Armstrong (astronomer), British amateur astronomer
  • William Ward Armstrong, Canadian computer scientist
  • Sports

  • The Armstrong wrestling family (real last name James), an American family including:
  • Bob Armstrong (born Joseph Melton James, 1939), and his sons:
  • Scott Armstrong (born Joseph Scott James, 1959)
  • Brad Armstrong (wrestler) (born Bradley James, 1961–2012)
  • Steve Armstrong (born Steve James, 1965)
  • Brian Armstrong, best known as Road Dogg (born Brian Girard James, 1969)
  • Alun Armstrong (footballer), English player
  • B. J. Armstrong, former basketball player, most notably with the Chicago Bulls
  • Brian Armstrong (footballer), New Zealand international football (soccer) player
  • Bruce Armstrong, American football player
  • Colby Armstrong, Canadian hockey player
  • Dale Armstrong (1941–2014), Canadian drag racer
  • Darrell Armstrong, American professional basketball player
  • Davey Armstrong, American boxer
  • Debbie Armstrong, Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing
  • Duncan Armstrong, Australian Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Elizabeth Armstrong, an American water polo goalkeeper
  • Evan Armstrong, Scottish boxer of the 1960s and '70s
  • Gary Armstrong (rugby), Scottish rugby player
  • Gary Armstrong (footballer)
  • Graham Armstrong (1918–1960), American football player
  • Hilton Armstrong, American basketball player
  • Ken Armstrong (footballer born 1924), an England and New Zealand dual-international footballer
  • Ken Armstrong (footballer born 1959), an English-born footballer
  • Kevin Armstrong, Irish football player
  • Kristin Armstrong, professional road bicycle racer and Olympic gold medalist
  • Lance Armstrong, American cyclist
  • Mark Armstrong (equestrian), British international representative show-jumper
  • Mark Armstrong (footballer), New Zealand international football (soccer) player
  • Neil Armstrong (ice hockey)
  • Neill Armstrong, American football player
  • Norman Armstrong (1892–1990), English cricketer
  • Otis Armstrong, American football player
  • Paul Armstrong, Irish international football (soccer) player
  • Paul Armstrong (footballer) (born 1965), Scottish footballer
  • Ron Armstrong, a New Zealand international footballer
  • Tommy Armstrong Jr., American football player
  • Trace Armstrong, American football player
  • Warwick Armstrong, Australian Test cricketer
  • Other

  • Archibald Armstrong, (d. March, 1672) court jester to James I and Charles I
  • Dwight Armstrong, American domestic terrorist
  • Elizabeth Armstrong (settler), an American settler who took part in the Black Hawk War
  • Eugene Armstrong, American construction contractor who was beheaded in Iraq
  • Frank A. Armstrong, United States Air Force General
  • Herbert Rowse Armstrong (1870–1922), British murderer - the "Hay poisoner",
  • J. Scott Armstrong, Wharton Business School professor
  • Neil Armstrong (1930–2012), American astronaut, first man on Moon
  • Rebekka Armstrong, bodybuilder, former Playboy model and AIDS activist
  • Sally Ward Lawrence Hunt Armstrong Downs, also known as Sallie Ward, (1827-1896), American socialite.
  • Fictional people

  • Alex Louis Armstrong, the state alchemist from Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Olivier Mira Armstrong, the Briggs general from Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Catherine Elle Armstrong, the youngest daughter of Armstrong Family from Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Coach Armstrong, character in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  • Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, radio series character on the show of the same name (1933–1951)
  • Stretch Armstrong, action figure first introduced in the 1970s
  • Tina Armstrong and her father, Bass, people from the Dead or Alive video game series
  • Steven Armstrong, final boss in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • References

    Armstrong (surname) Wikipedia

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