surname derived from lands of that name, now a parish, in East Lothian.
They were so called from an Anglo-Saxon, named Orme, who possessed them
in the reign of Malcolm the Maiden. Whether this was the same Orme, the
son of Hugh, who was abbot of Abernethy, in Perthshire, in the reign of
William the Lion, and whose descendants, from his possessing the lands
of Abernethy, assumed that name, is not known. There are various places
in Scotland of the name of Ormiston.