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Where did the English Argall family come from? What is the English Argall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Argall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Argall family history?The name Argall reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Argall family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Argall is based on the Dutch surname Van Arkel. The name Van Arkel may spring from the Anglo-Saxon form of Hercules, which is Ercol. A less likely root of the name is the parish of Ercoll Magna, or High Ercoll in Shropshire.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Argall are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Argall include Arkell, Arkle, Arkill, Arcle, Argal, Argall, Arnkell, Artell, Artill, Arctall, Arktale, Arktell, Arktull, Arkgale and many more.
First found in Berwickshire, in south east Scotland, arriving in Scotland soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They are the northern branch of the family name descended from Anketell, or Arnketill.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Argall research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Argall History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Argall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Argall, or a variant listed above: Sir Samuel Argal who settled in Virginia in 1624.
The Argall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Argall 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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