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Where did the Scottish Arbutnott family come from? What is the Scottish Arbutnott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arbutnott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arbutnott family history?Today's generation of the Arbutnott family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Arbutnott 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).
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Arbutnott has appeared 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 Arbutnott 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 Arbutnott History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arbutnott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Arbutnott: John Arbuthnot who settled in Philadelphia in 1747; James and William Arbutton settled in Philadelphia in 1798 as well as James Arbuthnot, who came to Maryland in 1864..
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 Arbutnott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arbutnott 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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