Origins of surname
We have been unable to find any indication of the derivation of this surname. It is seemingly English, or at least British, and appears to be relatively rare. If Armstrong means someone with a strong arm, perhaps Arm means someone with an ordinary arm.
There are suggestions that it is an abbreviation of Harm, the derivation of which is obscure. Another perhaps more likely explanation is that it is derived from the old English word for 'poor' or 'wretched'. Can anyone help us with a derivation?
The name first appears in Jersey records with the marriage of Benjamin Arm, of Alverstoke, Hampshire, to Susanne Drummond, of Grouville, in St Helier in 1829. Henry Arm, also of Hampshire, married Marie Francoise Sebire, from France, at St Helier in 1838.
- Arm baptisms in Jersey
- Arm marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Arm marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Arm burials in Jersey
Great War service
- James Benjamin Arm (1878- ), Mercantile Marine
- Benjamin John Arms (1880- ) (St Mt), Boatswain RN, HMS President IV
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