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Where did the Scottish Arnett family come from? When did the Arnett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arnett family history?

The current generations of the Arnett family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Arnett family lived in the lands of Arnott in the parish of Portmoak in Kinross (now part of the region of Tayside), where one of the first times the name was listed was in 1150 when Michael de Arnoth was mentioned.

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Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Arnett has been spelled Arnott, Arnot, Arnatt, Arnocht, Arnote, Arnett, Anetts, Arnette, Ernot, Ernott, Annett, Annetts and many more.

First found in the lands of Arnott in the parish of Portmoak, Kinross-shire. The first chief, recorded, Michael Arnott, held those lands about 1150. David, of Fifeshire, his successor was recorded in 1296 when he paid homage to King Edward 1st of England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnett research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1400, 1502, 1600, 1608, 1639, 1918, 1st , 1680 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Arnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Arnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Arnett:

Arnett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Arnett, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Arnett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Arnett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727

Arnett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • P Arnett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joh. Arnett, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Russland, in 1892
  • Mrs. J. H. Arnett, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mrs. W. Arnett, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Rebecca L. Arnett, aged 26, who emigrated to America, in 1893


Arnett Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • George Percy Arnett, aged 28, who settled in America from St. Bookham, Surrey, in 1903
  • Clarence Arnett, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Bertha Arnett, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • May Arnett, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mr. J. H. Arnett, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1907


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  • Bishop Benjamin W. Arnett (1838-1906), African American educator and minister
  • Peter Gregg Arnett (b. 1934), New Zealand-American journalist
  • Ross Harold Arnett Jr. (1919-1999), American entomologist
  • Jon Arnett (b. 1935), American college and National Football League player, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Ulysses N. Arnett, Democratic President of the West Virginia Senate from 1877 to 1879
  • William "Will" Emerson Arnett (b. 1970), Emmy Award-nominated Canadian actor


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  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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