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Where did the Scottish Arbuthnot family come from? What is the Scottish Arbuthnot family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arbuthnot family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arbuthnot family history?The ancestors of the Arbuthnot family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the old barony of Arbuthnot in Kincardineshire where the name was found since very early times. As surname usage became more prevalent in the 11th century, names based on the name of the localisty of the bearer where quite common. The first bearer of this name on record was Hugh de Aberbothenoth, also known as "Dominus" and "Thanus" de Aberbuthenoth, who lived in the time of King William I, the Lion of Scotland (1143-1214).
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Arbuthnot include Arbutnott, Arbuthnott, Arbuthnet, Arbuthnett, Arbuthnoth, Arbutton, Arbothnet, Erbutnott and many more.
First found in the county of Kincardineshire, from very ancient times, being from the old barony of Arbuthnot. In 1150, Hugh Arbuthnot obtained the lands from William Olifard in a dispute with then sheriff of Mearns. He is the first recorded chief, although it is contended that the Clan records go back to 1105 A.D. The first official Chief recorded was Philip, Chief of the Clan in 1335. He was directly descended from Hugh. The Clan was described as the most thriving name in Peterhead, where Adam Arbuthnot would later found the Museum.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arbuthnot research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1105, 1150, 1335, 1625, 1641, 1655, 1667, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Arbuthnot History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arbuthnot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Arbuthnot:
Arbuthnot Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Arbuthnot Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Arbuthnot Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Laus Deo
Motto Translation: Praise be to God.
The Arbuthnot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arbuthnot 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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