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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Arnott family come from? What is the English Arnott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arnott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arnott family history?


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Arnott have been found, including Harnett, Harnott, Arnold, Ernold, Arnot, Arnott, Aernold and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat for many centuries and were recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken by King William, Duke of Normandy in 1086 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnott research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1273, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Arnott History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Arnott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Arnott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 38 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Arnott, or a variant listed above:

Arnott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Arnott, aged 20, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Philip Arnott, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • David Arnott, aged 20, arrived in Georgia in 1775
  • John Arnott, who landed in America in 1795
  • John Arnott, who settled in Virginia in 1795

Arnott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Aleses Arnott, who arrived in Arkansas in 1885
  • Alexander Arnott, who landed in Arkansas in 1885


  • Robert D. Arnott (b. 1954), American entrepreneur, investor, editor, and writer
  • Andy Arnott (b. 1973), English former professional footballer
  • John Arnott (b. 1932), English former professional footballer
  • Kevin Arnott (b. 1898), English footballer
  • Archibald Arnott (1772-1855), British Army surgeon, best remembered as Napoleon's doctor on St. Helena
  • Caroline Arnott (d. 1933), Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Drew Arnott, Canadian musician
  • Jake Arnott (b. 1961), British novelist
  • James Fullarton Arnott (1914-1982), Scottish theatre professor
  • Janet Arnott, Canadian curler



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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

The Arnott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arnott 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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