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Where did the English Arnold family come from? What is the English Arnold family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arnold family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arnold family history?The name Arnold originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the personal name Arnoaldi, which is itself derived from the Frankish name "Arnuwalda." The Frankish given name Arnuwald, which is composed of two elements, arnu, which means eagle, and walda, which means powerful, was given to a person who was as powerful as an eagle.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Arnold has appeared include Arnold, Ernold, FitzArnold, Arrnold, Errnold, Aernold and many more.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat for many centuries and were recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census taken by King William, Duke of Normandy in 1086 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnold research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1273, 1296, 1587, 1676, 1635, 1615, 1678, 1635, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Arnold History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Arnold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Arnold arrived in North America very early:
Arnold Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Tho Arnold, aged 18, landed in St Christopher in 1634
- William and Thomas Arnold of Nottingham, England, who settled in Higham Mass, and Watertown New York in May 1635. William later moved to Providence, Rhode Island. He was allegedly the richest man in the colony, and he was the ancestor of Benedict Arnold
- Anne Arnold, age 39, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
- Ann Arnold, aged 39, arrived in America in 1635
- Jasper Arnold, who landed in New England in 1635
Arnold Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Nich Arnold, who landed in Virginia in 1706
- Johan Arnold, who landed in New York in 1709
- Hans Georg Arnold, who landed in America in 1709
- Jno Arnold, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Fra Arnold, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
Arnold Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Joh Geft Arnold, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- Joseph Hayman Arnold, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806
- Henri Arnold, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
- David Arnold, aged 34, arrived in Maryland in 1812
- J Arnold, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
Arnold Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- John C Arnold, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1902
- Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), American General, best known as a traitor in the American Revolution
- Thomas "Tom" Arnold (b. 1959), American actor and comedian in television and film
- Samuel Bland Arnold (1834-1906), American involved in the plot to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln in 1865
- Richard Robert Arnold II (b. 1963), American educator and NASA astronaut with 12 hours and 34 minutes in space
- Major-General Archibald Vincent Arnold (1889-1973), American Chief of Plans Section, Headquarters Army Field Forces (1946-1948)
- Brigadier-General Milton Wylie Arnold (1907-2004), American Chief of Staff, Air Transport Command (1945-1946)
- Brigadier-General Calvert Hinton Arnold (1894-1963), American Commandant of Central Signal Corps School (1943-1945)
- General Henry Harley Arnold (1886-1950), American Commanding Officer, 20th Air Force (1944-1945)
- Lieutenant-General William Howard Arnold (1901-1976), American Commanding Officer, 5th Army (1955-1961)
- Major-General William Richard Arnold (1881-1965), American Chief of Chaplains, War Department (1937-1945)
- Ancestry and Descendants of John Chambers Arnold and Mary Elizabeth (Shepherd) Arnold: 1789-1967 by Marjorie Organ Regan.
- The Arnold Best, Cullison and Herron Families by Evelyn L. Strong.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ut vivas vigila
Motto Translation: Watch that you may live.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- 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).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
The Arnold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arnold Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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